Windsor, Ont., hospital takes on management role at care home during COVID outbreak

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A Windsor, Ont., hospital is taking the lead on managing a long-term care home weathering a deadly COVID-19 outbreak that has sickened more than 150 people.

Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare says in a Thursday statement that it’s “strengthened our partnership” with Schlegel Villages, the company managing the Village at St. Clair.

The hospital says its president and CEO, Janice Kaffer, will be on-site at the home going forward, along with other managers and staff members.

It says the hospital is taking responsibility for communications, infection prevention and control, relations with residents and families, physician oversight and leadership at the site.

According to provincial data as of Dec. 23, 12 residents at the Village at St. Clair have died from COVID-19.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says 97 residents and 67 staff members at the home have tested positive for the virus.

The Village at St. Clair declared the outbreak earlier this month and Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare had previously sent eight staff members to the home on Dec. 20.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 25, 2020.

The Canadian Press