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Resident in Sudbury long-term care home passes away from COVID-19

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Public Health Sudbury and Districts have announced the second death related to COVID-19 in the area.

The individual was a woman in her 80’s who was diagnosed with the virus on April 21, as part of the announced COVID-19 outbreak at St. Joseph’s Villa long-term care home in Sudbury. Officials say out of respect during this difficult time, no further details will be provided.

“On behalf of all of our staff, I want to extend our sincere condolences to the family. I also want to acknowledge the efforts of our staff who themselves are devastated by this news. We continue to follow all necessary policies and procedures to provide safe care to our residents,” said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre (SJHC). “Our community needs to continue to be kind and supportive to one another during these difficult times, while also ensuring we follow the advice of public health officials.”

Palkovits added the safety of the residents and staff remain their number one priority.

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“We extend our sincere condolences to the family members and friends affected by this loss. We understand this news is difficult for all to hear, especially for those who have loved ones living in long-term care and retirement homes,” said Dr. Sutcliffe. “We have to continue to do all that we can to prevent the spread of disease to protect older members in our community. I encourage people to reach out, check-in, and be there for one another while maintaining physical distance.”

Officials say since mid-March there have been strict guidelines in place at St. Joseph’s Villa. Residents continue to be isolated from one another in their own rooms to prevent infection. They are assessed for COVID-19 symptoms three times a day. Staff is screened at the beginning and end of each shift.

Officials add with these measures, and visitor restrictions in place, the risk of infection remains low.

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