MPP Piccini announces new funding for preventative measures

Article & Image by Valerie MacDonald

In an effort to “add more protection into our Long Term Care (LTC) homes,” Northumberland-Peterborough South riding MPP David Piccini announced $850,000 in funding during a virtual media conference held recently.

It is for a suite of measures including infection control and personal protective equipment, he said.

COVID-19 deaths continue to plague LTC facilities throughout Ontario even as doctors have come forward to lobby for more resources to boost staffing and care levels, decrying conditions in some homes.

This additional funding will finance additional measures to prevent COVID coming from the community into LTC homes, Piccini said.

Working with hospitals, LTC faculties and public health boards, the Ontario Government is adding this funding to address protection issues while vaccine delivery issues are being resolved.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Dr. Ian Gemmill participated in the virtual announcement and when asked for an update in light of ongoing outbreaks in tri-county LTC facilities, he said 750 doses of the vaccine were administered last week and he anticipated another 1,000 doses “this weekend or just after that.” The administration of these doses will largely complete the project of inoculating all LTC residents including those in facilities where there has been or presently is an outbreak. (The two significant ones at this time are Port Hope Terrace and Crescent Care McLaughlin in Lindsay.)

Vaccinations will also be given to LTC staff and designated caregivers in those homes as well. Responding to the funding announcement, Gemmill said it is important to protect LTC residents and to “have enough people to provide care” especially when staff are also being impacted by the pandemic.

In addition to this new funding to LTC homes, MPP Piccini said his government will continue to work with the Federal Government to meet the logistical challenges presented by delays in the arrival of the much-needed vaccines.

A media release provided these details of the funding:

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