Sudbury retirement residence reports one death in connection to COVID-19 outbreak

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A retirement residence located in New Sudbury is at the tail end of a severe COVID-19 outbreak that claimed the life of one of its residents.

A source told The Sudbury Star that the outbreak at Chartwell’s Westmount on William retirement residence, which was declared by Public Health Sudbury and Districts on Nov. 5, resulted in a “complete lockdown” of the facility.

The health unit said there were 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the outbreak, while Chartwell said it confirmed 26 cases in residents and two in staff members.

In a statement issued on Nov. 24, the long-term care home said that almost all of the cases associated with this outbreak have been resolved and it has worked diligently to follow all public health guidance to get the situation under control.

“Overcoming the COVID-19 outbreak at Chartwell Westmount on William is our highest priority,” said Sharon Ranalli, the vice-president of marketing and communications at Chartwell.

“Sadly, we had one resident pass away in hospital. Our condolences are extended to their family and loved ones and to their fellow residents and staff for the loss of this community member.”

Ranalli confirmed that the outbreak resulted in a “restriction on visitors” at the retirement residence but did not provide specific details.

“All residents are staying safely in their individual suites and dining is being delivered to them,” she said.

“We have in place heightened infection control and cleaning protocols and are ensuring the availability and use of PPE for staff.”

The health unit said that the outbreak has not yet been declared over, but once it is, “the residence will be able to resume visits.”

“Public Health has reached out to various community partners, such as Home and Community Care, the North-East Specialized Geriatric Centre, and Health Science North, to ensure the residents’ mental health and well-being is maintained,” said a spokesperson.

Chartwell added all staff who work at the Westmount on William retirement residence are vaccinated in line with the company’s mandatory vaccination policy.

“We appreciate the concern for our residents, their family members, staff, and the community and would like to extend special acknowledgement to our staff in supporting our residents through this outbreak,” Chartwell said in a statement.

“We know that ongoing infection prevention and control practices, as well as administration of third doses for vulnerable populations, is extremely important as we continue to live with COVID-19 in our communities.”

The company said that it expects the outbreak to be declared over soon.

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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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