Ontario is providing over $500,000 to local long-term care homes, as staff and residents continue to fight against the threat of COVID-19.

The funds were announced January 27 by Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford, who also serves as the Minister responsible for Northern Development and Mines, Energy and Indigenous Affairs.

“Our frontline long-term care workers in Kenora-Rainy River have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety, security and health of our loved ones,” said Rickford, in a prepared statement.

Kenora’s Birchwood Terrace will see an additional $167,200, and Pinecrest will see $200,700. In Dryden, Princess Court will receive $115,300, and Rainy River’s Rainycrest is expecting $54,800.

“This increased funding will support additional health and safety measures to ensure long-term care homes in our communities have the best possible protection from the spread of COVID-19.” 

Rickford says the funding will be used to:

- Build an immediate 24/7 health checkpoint to confirm staff and essential caregivers entering the building are properly screened for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure, and to continue screening residents on an ongoing basis to support early detection and containment of any new infections;

- Introduce additional prevention and containment activities, such as hiring new staff to carry-out the added workload for essential services and/or to replace workers who are sick or in isolation;

- Cleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels for the home; and

- Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or other regulated health practitioners with expertise in infection control.

The first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was administered to residents of Pinecrest in Kenora on January 27. The province said they'd have all long-term care residents vaccinated by February 5, and staff with the Northwestern Health Unit are confident they can meet that goal.

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