Nova Scotia to increase beds at long-term care facility ravaged by virus last spring

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia says it will increase the number of long-term care beds in the Halifax area after COVID-19 ravaged the city's largest facility last spring.

Premier Stephen McNeil said today that under a multi-year plan, his government will add 236 beds in Halifax, including 44 at the Northwood complex, where 53 of the province's 65 COVID-related deaths occurred.

McNeil says while the existing Northwood facility will be maintained, the 44 new beds will be added to a new, separate building at the complex, which will also house the 100 beds that were removed from the old building to create single rooms.

The premier says the location of the remaining 192 new beds for the Halifax area will be determined through a tender process.

McNeil's plan to invest in the province's long-term care network includes renovating seven nursing homes and increasing the long-term care infrastructure budget by $8 million a year, to $10.5 million.

Health officials are reporting one new case of COVID-19 today and say the province has nine active reported infections.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 29, 2021.

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