Anson Place up to 51 cases of COVID-19, 13 deaths
WATERLOO -- A total of 51 residents have cases of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility and retirement home in Hagersville, with 13 having passed away.
The numbers confirmed by Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit on Saturday also include thirty staff members that have tested positive. These employees are not working at the facility.
The number of cases are equal to about half of the residents and staff at Anson Place.
"We do expect that number to rise," said Kristal Chopp, Mayor of Norfolk County. "We're doing what we can to try to protect our residents, staff, and rest of the community."
Residents of Anson Place continue to be placed in self-isolation in their rooms while staff working are wearing personal protection equipment.
Staff who are working at the facility are also on self-isolation in their homes.
The cases at Anson Place are believed to be related to community transmission.
"It got in and now it can't get out," said Meghan Callaghan, a family member of a resident at the facility. "They're living in an incubator. There's no way for it to get out of there."
Meghan's 89-year-old grandmother Violet has been a resident of Anson Place for roughly two years. She went to the hospital earlier this month complaining of chest pains and has been bed-ridden ever since.
Violet was tested for COVID-19, but her family is still waiting for the results.
"Its scry thinking she might have it," said Meghan. "There's obviously no cure and no way for us as a family to comfort her."
On Thursday, 42 cases in residents, 18 in staff, and nine deaths were confirmed at the facility.
Since the outbreak, five people who tested positive for the virus have recovered.
The health unit for the area lists 131 positive cases, 16 who have recovered, and 13 who have died as of Sunday.