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Update on COVID-19 outbreak at Oakwood Park Lodge

Posted Dec 31st, 2020

Niagara Health is continuing its work with Oakwood Park Lodge to protect residents and safely resolve the COVID outbreak at the Niagara Falls long-term care home.

Niagara Health has been providing temporary management support through a voluntary contract with Oakwood Park Lodge since December 22. The facility-wide outbreak at the home was declared on December 12.

“Everyone is working hard under challenging circumstances to see that residents receive the best care,” says Lynn Guerriero, President of Niagara Health. “Our hospital response team has conducted a thorough on-site assessment of the home and completed a deep clean of the building. We will continue our work with the Oakwood team to support best practices and enhance safety for both staff and residents.”

As of Thursday, December 31, a total of 115 residents and 111 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Since the onset of the outbreak, 61 resident cases and 96 staff cases have resolved. It is with great sadness that we report that 24 residents who tested positive have passed away.

Ongoing work by Niagara Health’s hospital response team includes health assessments of all residents, stabilization of leadership and staffing, staff education on best practices related to personal protective equipment and infection prevention and control, enhanced cleaning, and supply management, among other necessary measures to contain the spread of the virus and bring a safe resolution to the outbreak.

We understand this is a difficult time for residents and family members, and our teams are facilitating virtual visits to connect residents and their loved ones. For the safety of residents and staff, in-person visiting restrictions remain in place at Oakwood Park Lodge. Only essential caregivers are permitted at this time.

Oakwood Park Lodge is a 153-bed home owned by Conmed Health Care Group.

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