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Southlake to manage COVID-19 outbreak at King City long-term care home

This is the second time the Newmarket hospital has been asked by the province to support a long-term care facility in York Region with a severe outbreak
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A COVID-19 outbreak was declared Nov. 7 at King City Lodge Nursing Home on Fog Road in King Township. Facebook photo

The provincial government has appointed Southlake Regional Health Centre to help manage the virulent COVID-19 outbreak at King City Lodge Nursing Home for the next three months. 

The province announced the temporary voluntary management agreement today that permits the Newmarket hospital to help stabilize the situation at the 35-resident long-term care facility.

Five residents have died since the outbreak was declared Nov. 7, and 28 residents have been infected with COVID-19 at the facility owned by Joseph Paranganel. As well, 20 health-care workers have also been exposed.

"Protecting the health and well-being of Ontarians, especially our long-term care residents who are most vulnerable, is our top priority," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, minister of Long-Term Care. "I thank the dedicated staff at Southlake Regional Health Centre and King City Lodge Nursing Home for working together to stop the COVID-19 outbreak in this long-term care home."

The agreement will be in place for the next 90 days, during which time the hospital will provide "enhanced support" to the nursing home.

This will be the second time Southlake has been asked to manage an outbreak at a long-term care home during the pandemic. The first was at River Glen Haven Extended Care Facility in Sutton last May. 

This is the 15th voluntary management agreement the province has issued since the pandemic began.