Amberwood Suites retirement home working to control COVID-19 outbreak

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After what was described as a "mass swabbing" at Amberwood Suites retirement home this week only one new COVID-19 positive test was revealed and it was determined to be the result of a close contact with a previous case.

That was part of the information revealed in a media statement released by Amberwood along with comments of the profound sadness about the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting deaths that occurred at the retirement home earlier this month. Since the pandemic was declared in March of 2020, there have been seven deaths directly attributable to COVID-19 in the Sudbury district. Five of those deaths occurred at Amberwood in January.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to their loved ones during this exceptionally difficult time," said the statement.

Along with that Amberwood said it is committed to the health and well-being of its residents.

"The safety and protection of the seniors who live with us, and the staff who provide their care, are our first priority," said the statement.

The outbreak at Amberwood infected 34 residents and six staff members at the home. Amberwood said currently, there are only two active resident cases at the home.

Gratitude was expressed by Amberwood to the several health agencies that have been working to control the outbreak. Thanks was expressed to Public Health Sudbury and District (PHSD), the City of Greater Sudbury, Health Sciences North (HSN), the North East LHIN and Ontario Health (North).

It was also revealed that paramedics have set up within the retirement home to provide remote patient monitoring and symptom management. HSN is also providing specialized geriatic services to provide daily health assessments to the residents and to keep family members updated and advised, said the statement.

Sudbury's Community Hospice team has offered support should residents and families choose to remain at the residence, preferring palliative care rather than active treatment. It was also revealed that PHSD has carried out infection prevention and control (IPAC) audits at the home.

"Amberwood continues to provide care and comfort for over 70 residents and in these unprecedented times, we want to recognize the incredible staff at Amberwood Suites and their selfless efforts to keep their seniors safe and protected," said the statement.

Len Gillis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sudbury.com