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‘What is the plan?’: Ottawa long-term care outbreak raises fears about readiness for next wave of COVID-19

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

After weeks of relative calm, a new, large COVID-19 outbreak at an Ottawa long-term care home is raising fears that not enough has been done to prevent a second deadly wave in long-term care across Ontario. As of this week, at least 27 residents of Extendicare West End Villa and three staff members had tested positive for COVID-19, making it the largest current outbreak in the province and the only one with more than five active cases. Extendicare says it does not know for certain how the outbreak started, but it is a reminder how quickly COVID-19 can spread, especially among vulnerable long-term care residents, once it gets inside a home. Because it is the first significant outbreak in an Ontario long-term care home since the first wave of COVID-19 killed more than 1,800 long-term care residents and infected thousands more, it is the focus of attention from the province and Ottawa Public Health, which has been in daily contact with the home.

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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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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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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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