Two more long-term care deaths reported at Caressant Care Arthur

Retirement home outbreak declared over but long-term care outbreak grows to 106 cases

WELLINGTON COUNTY – A COVID-19 outbreak in Caressant Care Arthur’s retirement home has been declared over, but another in the facility’s long-term care home has grown to 106 cases, including two more deaths.

There have now been 10 resident deaths linked to the outbreak at the long-term care home, which has affected 54 residents and 52 staff members since being declared on Dec. 26.

The most recent deaths – two women aged 59 and 94 – bring Wellington County’s COVID-19 death toll to 17, including 15 during the second wave of the pandemic.

In the last four days alone, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) has reported 28 new cases (11 residents, 17 staff) at the Caressant Care Arthur long-term care home.

On a positive note, public health declared the outbreak at Caressant Care Arthur’s retirement home over on Jan. 28. That outbreak, declared on Dec. 12, affected 25 residents, including one death, and 12 staff members.

An outbreak is declared over by public health 14 days after symptoms began in the most recent case and when no other cases are suspected.

The Caressant Care Arthur long-term care outbreak is one of 12 current facility outbreaks in the WDGPH region.

The others in Wellington County are:

  • Wellington Terrace Long-Term Care in Aboyne, 11 staff, declared on Dec. 12;
  • Morriston Park (long-term care) in Puslinch, one staff, declared on Jan. 15; and
  • Palmerston and District Hospital, five patients, one staff, declared on Jan. 27.

More information on outbreaks is available on the public health website.