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Devastating COVID outbreak at Arthur nursing home finally declared over

The outbreak was the second deadliest in the region so far during the pandemic
Caressant Care facility at 215 Eliza St. in Arthur.

ARTHUR – The COVID outbreak at Caressant Care Arthur has been declared over after two months. 

North Wellington Health Care (NWHC), in consultation with WDG Public Health, confirmed in a press release there are no more cases in residents and staff as of Tuesday. 

First declared on Dec. 26, 2020, the outbreak left 19 residents dead making it one of the deadliest outbreaks in the region surpassed only by a spring outbreak at Shelburne Residence. 

NWHC, a division of the Wellington Healthcare Alliance, was voluntarily called in to take over management of the care home to help control the severe outbreak.

“I am so grateful to our staff, Wellington Healthcare Alliance, our families and other care partners for coming together to help Caressant Care Arthur Nursing Home and our residents in this time of need,” said Jim Lavelle, president of Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes, in a press release. 

“I also want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, and to the staff who consider our residents part of their extended family, on the passing of their loved ones. Now is the time to begin the healing process as we continue to care for our residents.”

NWHC will continue to oversee operations at Caressant Care Arthur until early April.