BRUCE COUNTY – COVID-19 outbreaks continue to occur in many communities, including Brockton.
The monthly report to Bruce County’s Long-Term Care Homes Committee of Management on May 19 stated that in the month of April, Brucelea Haven had an outbreak that lasted 11 days and affected two residents. No staff members were affected. The outbreak was well controlled, according to the report.
Megan Garland, director of long-term care and senior services, said both homes continue to feel the impact of the pandemic in a number of ways.
The report stated the county’s long-term care homes continue to experience staffing pressures related to community transmission and the quarantine requirements for health-care workers. The pressures are being managed through contingency plans and agency use.
The updated COVID-19 immunization and visitor policies have been implemented. Residents may have up to four essential and general visitors (vaccinated), and in certain designated areas up to four unvaccinated general visitors at a time.
The county’s long-term care homes have partnered with Bruce County paramedics to purchase machines to provide immediate onsite PCR testing and results for COVID-19. This will facilitate determining if the home has an outbreak so precautions can be put in place immediately. It will also help determine if a home is out of the outbreak, and assist in returning staff to work as quickly as possible.
One piece of good news was the announcement by the Ministry of Long-Term Care of a 1.75 per cent increase in the global base funding starting April 1, 2022 – that’s .75 per cent more than was anticipated when preparing the budget. Funding is also being continued until June to assist with COVID prevention and personal protective equipment. The $3 per hour wage enhancement for PSWs has now become permanent.
Activities at Brucelea
Brucelea Haven had a cruise week that included many events including shipshape exercise classes, smoothie bars, shuffleboard, hula hoop contest, captain’s fine dining, and virtual travel to the Caribbean and underwater adventures.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times