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Last Covid-positive resident at Peter D. Clark long-term care home dies

Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen

The last COVID-19 positive resident at the Peter D. Clark long-term care centre has died. The Peter D. Clark facility is one of four city-run homes and one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. So far, eight residents and one staff member have died.

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Long-term care: Stop the finger pointing and plan for the second Covid-19 wave

Editorial Board, The Ottawa Citizen

This week, the Canadian Institute for Health Information released a report noting that, as of late May, 81 per cent of COVID-19-related deaths in Canada had been recorded in long-term care facilities. This compared poorly to the OECD average of 42 per cent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford wasted no time blaming each other. Canada’s premiers, said Trudeau, had dropped the ball: “It is they who failed to protect our seniors well during this pandemic.” Retorted Ford: “Put your money where your mouth is … Help us out, we can’t do this alone.”

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https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorial-long-term-care-stop-the-finger-pointing-plan-for-the-second-covid-19-wave/wcm/c03accf7-10c6-4507-b728-5b4e7b8eb251/

Almost as many Ottawa health care workers as long-term care residents infected

Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen

Almost two-thirds of those who are in the Ottawa workforce and have been infected with COVID-19 are health-care workers, according to a special report. The report, released Wednesday by Ottawa Public Health, looks at occupational information provided by those who have tested positive with the aim of learning more about who is at most risk and how the virus is spreading.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/almost-as-many-ottawa-health-care-workers-as-ltc-residents-infected-report

Some have doubts about how well the limited LTC, retirement home visits will work

Taylor Blewett, The Ottawa Citizen

The Ontario government has announced “a cautious restart” of visits to long-term care, retirement, and other congregate living homes starting June 18, more than three months after the province first clamped down on visitors deemed non-essential to stem the spread of COVID-19. Visits will only be allowed at facilities without an active outbreak of the virus, and guests will have to wear a face covering, pass screening and confirm to staff they’ve tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous two weeks.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ontario-to-allow-limited-ltc-retirement-home-visits-in-cautious-restart

The cruelly disproportionate spread of the virus in Ottawa long-term care homes

James Bagnall, The Ottawa Citizen

There is much we don’t know about how this virus spreads. Consider the situation in Ottawa, where long-term care homes account for more than half of the nearly 2,000 confirmed cases to date across the city and 85 per cent of Ottawa’s 248 coronavirus-related deaths. Remarkably, the strong majority of the long-term care cases and deaths have emerged from just four of the city’s nearly 30 facilities — Laurier Manor, Madonna Care Community, Carlingview Manor and Monfort Long-Term Care Centre. They are all owned by large, well-capitalized firms that operate a wide variety of long-term care facilities in Ontario and elsewhere. Each has seen the virus rip through their operations, tornado like, hitting some homes with disproportionate force and leaving others nearly unscathed.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/the-cruelly-disproportionate-spread-of-the-virus-in-ltc-homes

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