Covenant Health, which operates St. Therese Villa, denies the claim. In a
media release issued Tuesday evening, the organization states, "Through its
follow up investigation, Covenant Health has gathered more information,
conferring with care staff and reviewing the documentation extensively.
As a result, the organization is confident that the resident was not bitten
by a mouse. While a mouse was sighted in the room, there is no evidence,
documentation or verbal confirmation that a mouse was ever sighted near the
The resident has been assessed medically and the physician opinion is that
there is no evidence of wounds caused by an animal bite. There is an indication
that the symptoms are consistent with a viral condition. The medical review
confirmed that appropriate care and treatment were provided".
Local Friends of Medicare spokesperson Shannon Phillips, says the statement
this is why it's important the province holds its own investigation, "we're very
please the minister has moved quickly on this and we know that there are mice
and bedbugs in this facility, or have been, over a course of months, so we look
forward to the results of the investigation under the Protection of Persons in
In conversation with Country 95 News, Phillips was adamant that her group
does have documentation from facility workers, The claims and the incident
report and all of that came from workers inside the facility - they are reliable
claims, they are reliable sources within the facility and we were confident that
releasing those details to the media was in the public interest. We're grateful
that the Health Minister thinks so too and all of that will come out in the
investigation that the minister has ordered".
Phillips went on to say that the Friends of Medicare has "very little
confidence in the so-called investigation that Covenant Health has very quickly
packaged-up for the media and we do not have confidence in what the company is
saying today, which is different from what they have said before".