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Caressant Care Arthur outbreak surpasses 100 cases, eight deaths

MPP Randy Pettapiece is calling for more government support for the home
Caressant Care facility at 215 Eliza St. in Arthur is the site of the largest active COVID outbreak in the region.

ARTHUR – A long-term care home in Arthur dealing with the largest active COVID outbreak continues to see a rise in linked cases and deaths.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health are reporting 107 cases connected to Caressant Care Arthur, at both retirement and long-term care wings, and eight deaths. 

Reported deaths at the home have more than doubled this week alone. Seven of the deaths are from the long-term care section.

North Wellington Health Care Corp. voluntarily took over management of Caressant Care Arthur long-term care on Monday to help control the growing outbreak.

Randy Pettapiece, Perth-Wellington MPP, released a statement on Thursday calling the outbreak at the Arthur home very concerning.

Although Pettapiece said public health, hospital and Caressant Care staff are doing exceptional work in a difficult situation, he is calling for further government action to support the care homes. 

“To make sure the province fully understands the seriousness of this situation, I have written to the Minister of Long-Term Care and the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility,” he said. 

“I have urged them to make available every necessary resource to address the ongoing situation in these homes.”

He said he and his staff have reached out to affected families to offer his support and the response at the home. 

“I was very sad to hear about the loss of life,” Pettapiece said. “I am also thinking of the residents and staff who are sick and their families.”