Dozens of motorists on Wednesday showed their support for the Bobcaygeon, Ont., nursing home battling a coronavirus outbreak that has claimed the lives of 15 people.
On Wednesday afternoon, motorists lined up along County Road 36 in the village north of Peterborough and drove past the long-term care facility as an act of solidarity and support. Many were honking their horns and ringing bells.
The outbreak at the long-term care facility is considered the largest in Ontario, health officials said.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared at the 65-bed facility in mid-March, 14 residents and one volunteer (a spouse of a resident with the facility) have died of the disease as of Wednesday, according to Dr. Michelle Snarr, the facility’s medical director.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the region’s health unit reported that at least two dozen staff members have also tested positive for COVID-19 with further test results pending. Of the 66 on staff, 34 were showing symptoms of COVID-19 as of Monday.
City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham on Wednesday said that while the outbreak has garnered national attention, the residents are more than just statistics.
“These numbers represent parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings and most importantly — loved ones,” he said. “Together, let’s make sure we are remembering who they are as people — people who grew up here and who were a part of shaping the community we get to enjoy today.”
Megan Wilson, a frontline worker at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes says the drive-by made her cry.
“Thank you for showing support. People want to show support and physically this is the safest and only thing they can do,” she said.
A similar drive-by was held on Monday night.
A community relief fund has also been launched. For more details, visit online.
More to come.