THUNDER BAY - More people will be able to visit with loved ones in long-term care as the city of Thunder Bay announced it will be permitting outdoor visitations at two facilities.
Last week the province announced long-term care facilities, retirement homes, and other congregate living homes will allow visitations to resume as of June 18 with strict public health protocols in place.
Restrictions include only allowing outdoor visitations at long-term care facilities, visitors must have tested negative for COVID-19 in the previous two weeks, screening will take place, and physical distancing must still be practiced.
According to the city of Thunder Bay, Pioneer Ridge and Jasper Place will be allowing outdoor visitations of one person per resident once a week.
St. Joseph’s Care Group said last week that visitations will resume at Hogarth Riverview Manor and Bethammi Nursing Home will resume on June 18 following all provincial guidelines.
Long-term care facilities across the province have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 1,700 deaths reported since the mid-March.
Union officials with Local Unifor 229, which represents thousands of workers in long-term care, expressed concern that it is too early to allow visitations as it may put workers and residents at risk.
Though family members with loved ones in long-term care say it is important to be able to visit, especially for people who require family care.
Family members can call Pioneer Ridge at 684-3956 or Jasper Place at 684-2928 to arrange for an outdoor visit. All visits must be scheduled in advance.