COVID-19 outbreak declared a second time at Petrolia nursing home

Lambton Meadowview Villa in Petrolia. Photo courtesy of

After overcoming one outbreak, a Petrolia nursing home is again facing a new case of COVID-19.

An outbreak was declared at Lambton Meadowview Villa on Monday after one of its 200 staff members tested positive for the virus.  Residents and their families have since been informed about the outbreak at the 125-bed long-term care home.

An active COVID-19 outbreak is declared if a home has at least one lab-confirmed case of the virus.

“We continue to work closely with Lambton Public Health and are following their guidance, as well as the policies and protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,” said Jane Joris, general manager of Lambton County’s Long-Term Care Division. “Our priority is ensuring the continued health and wellbeing of our residents, their families and our staff.”

Health officials said the infected employee last worked at the home on May 19 and has not come into contact with any staff or people living at the home since becoming symptomatic.

The nursing home also declared a COVID-19 outbreak back on April 15 after another staff member contracted the virus. The outbreak was resolved on April 23 with no further spread of the virus.

Visitors have been restricted at the Petrolia home since March 13, in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. As well, all staff entering the home have been screened daily since March 9.

As of Monday, there were active COVID-19 outbreaks at three other long-term care facilities in Lambton County — Vision Nursing Home, Mashall Gowland Manor, and Village on the St. Clair.