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EZT Mayor Don McKay Responds to peopleCare Outbreak

East Zorra-Tavistock Mayor Don McKay says his thoughts are with all of the residents and staff members affected by the COVID-19 outbreak at peopleCare.

EAST ZORRA-TAVISTOCK - The Mayor of East Zorra-Tavistock says everyone is concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak at peopleCare.

Don McKay says it's a very tough time of for lots of people in the Tavistock community.

"Most of these staff members are local community members and our hearts and thoughts go out to support them. For the residents and families, it's a very stressful time having to realize their loved ones are receiving care but unfortunately with this outbreak concerns are heightened."

Southwestern Public Health is reporting 73 cases at the long-term care home including 40 residents and 33 staff members. Seven people have died.

McKay is blaming the province for the current situation.

"It's unfortunate. Had the province been quicker at rolling out the money for the rebuild people would be in single rooms or double rooms and it would be much safer for residents and staff."

The Ford Government approved 128 new beds for peopleCare back in November.

McKay is looking forward to the new build and he was happy to hear that a handful of peopleCare residents have recently received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

If we do our part to stop the spread of the virus, McKay says we're in for an exciting 2021.

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