$2 million in additional funding coming to area long-term care homes

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GUELPH/WELLINGTON – More provincial money is coming to help Guelph and Wellington County long-term care homes deal with impacts of the second-wave.

Twelve homes in the region will be getting around $2 million in additional prevention and containment funding from the province.

Ted Arnott, Wellington-Halton Hills MPP, in an email passed along information on funding amounts from the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Guelph is getting the largest boost in funding at $1.2 million.

LaPointe-Fisher Nursing Home will get $52,300, The Elliott will get $64,500 and The Village of Riverside Glen will get $164,800.

Over $800,000 is going to eight long-term care homes across Wellington county, including three experiencing an active COVID outbreak.

Four homes in southern Wellington County will receive:

A release from Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece announced four homes in northern Wellington County will get the following:

As of Wednesday, Caressant Care Arthur long term care has had 53 cases in resident and 40 in staff with eight deaths. Their retirement home wing has had 25 resident cases, 12 in staff and one death.

Morriston Park has one staff case and Wellington Terrace has 12 staff cases. Neither have any reported resident cases connected to these outbreaks.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who is providing care for our seniors, especially in recent months during this terrible pandemic,” Arnott said. “Our nurses, personal support workers, caregivers and other essential staff have been magnificent, as we have worked together to keep seniors safe and overcome COVID-19.”

The province has given over $8 million in prevention and containment funding to Wellington County and Guelph long-term care homes since March 2020.

Keegan Kozolanka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com