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OPSEU Local 253 members help group home get through COVID-19 outbreak

CBC News is reporting that OPSEU members from Elmira District Community Living are being described as heroes following a COVID-19 outbreak at a group home in that community.

“We have a lot of heroes in our organization, let me tell you,” CEO Greg Bechard told the CBC. “I’m very proud of our employees and how they stepped up to the plate, and our union has been fantastic,” he said.

While some staff had to stay home when the outbreak hit, either because they were themselves sick or for other reasons, Bechard said staff who could come to work stepped up.

At its height, the group home saw 13 residents and 10 staff members test positive. Now, 12 days later, they are coming out the other side. No one from the home had to be hospitalized and all are “recovering nicely.”

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