‘Horrible’ situation at Lancaster Long Term Care

In this Google Maps photo, the Lancaster Long Term Care Residence on Military Road North in Lancaster, Ont. The residence has an outbreak of COVID-19 where all but seven residents are infected, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis stated Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Google Maps via Newswatch Group)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated at 1:41 p.m. to remove the reference to Chartwell in the story. A spokesperson says Chartwell sold the home quite some time ago. Also corrects reference to Pinecrest Nursing Home to number of infections in Prescott-Russell as a whole.

LONG SAULT – A Lancaster long term care home is dealing with a “horrible” situation where all but seven of its residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

There has reportedly been another death Wednesday at the Lancaster Long Term Care Residence on Military Road North.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, making the rounds of municipal councils this week, told South Stormont council Wednesday night that the Canadian Red Cross and the Ontario Ministry of Health are involved.

“We’re very aware of that home. Unfortunately, we’ve had 40 positive out of the 47 residents, which is horrible, and 16 staff. We’ve been in there several times. Ontario Health has been involved. The LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) has been involved. Some patients have been transferred to palliative care in Ottawa. EMS has gone in to reassess, Red Cross is in there and now the hospital is in there,” Roumeliotis said.

South Stormont councillor Jennifer MacIssac, asking as question about the Lancaster home, stated that the Lancaster LTC is second in per cent positivity in homes across Ontario and 10th in number of residents infected.

Roumeliotis added they need personal support worker help, which is being provided by the Red Cross.

“We’re trying to support them as much as we can,” Roumeliotis said.

In a tweet Wednesday night, South Glengarry Coun. Stephanie Jaworski said “let’s please keep the residents, their families and all the workers in our thoughts. And respect them by following the health directives.”

Roumeliotis adds they’re so worried about COVID-19 getting into long term care homes because it “spreads like wildfire.” In the case of Prescott-Russell, 100 of 125 residents ended up infected.

The medical officer of health stated that there have been two deaths at the Lancaster home, though the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder states there have been five to date with the most recent death at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Cornwall Community Hospital, citing an interview with the victim’s son.

The home can’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine while in outbreak but other homes are being vaccinated this week and next, Roumeliotis said.

They are The Palace in Alexandria, Dundas Manor in Winchester, Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet and Champlain Long Term Care Residence in L’Orignal.

Another six will be done next week, including St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Center, Sandfield Place and Heartwood Long Term Care – all in Cornwall.

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