Long-term care homes are worrisome COVID-19 hotspots

A number of residents at the Pinecrest Nursing Home, in Bobcaygeon, Ont., have died of COVID-19 complications. 
Source: Evan Mitsui/CBC

Date Published: April 1, 2020

Source: CBC

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been at least 29 deaths in seniors’ residences in Ontario, four in Quebec and many more across the country. At Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, 11 residents passed away and 40 additional residents and 21 staff became ill due to COVID-19. These residences are particularly susceptible to COVID-19 as residents often share living spaces and have many incoming visitors, staff and deliveries. Many residents have chronic health conditions which often need hands-on care by staff. While long-term care homes have pre-existing protocols for controlling usual outbreaks, new measures have been implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as limiting each staff member to only one facility and banning non-essential visitors. In Nova Scotia, additional steps have been taken such as making physical spaces conducive for social distancing, staggering meal-times and taking temperatures of all staff and residents twice daily. 

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Summary by: Sophia Duong