Wakaw Pioneer Lodge January 9 Update

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The Saturday January 9, 2021 morning update from the Board of the Lakeview Pioneer Lodge in Wakaw shares that while Interim Administrator Wayne Nogier feels that they “have a good handle on things” and things are stable at the home, the number of residents under observation and monitoring has risen to ten. Six of the ten residents are experiencing respiratory symptoms and the other four are experiencing dehydration symptoms. The Lodge currently has six designated family members of the ten residents who are under observation, who are assisting with hydration management and the overall monitoring of their resident.

Approximately 60 per cent of the staff have either tested positive for the virus or are showing symptoms and are isolating at home. No staff members are in hospital. Board Chair Gilles LeBLanc says they have had wonderful response from health care workers from across the province. Assistance has come from every corner of the province to lend a hand as the Lodge responds to the outbreak that has hit them so hard. Cooks and food service workers, laundry and housekeepers, continuing care assistants and nurses, and Wakaw’s own physician have stepped up and in to do what needs to be done to care for the seniors who call the Lodge home. It is hard for the regular Lakeview Pioneer Lodge staff who are forced to be on the sidelines, as it were, because of their own COVID status, when they all just want to be able to be at work caring for the residents. However, with assistance of others from Wakaw and the province at large, the residents of Lakeview Pioneer Lodge are being cared for and monitored. It is hoped that the situation will continue to remain stable until the Board can finally announce that it appears to be improving.

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder