Long-term care deaths expected to rise as growth of total cases slows: Tam

Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer in Ottawa.
Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

Date Published: April 13, 2020

Source: CBC

Chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, warns that that the number of COVID-19-associated deaths in long-term care facilities will continue to grow even when the overall number of new cases begins to plateau across the country. Several long-term care homes coast to coast have already seen significant outbreaks, including a private long-term care home in Dorval, QC which has seen 31 deaths since March 13; a nursing home in Bobcaygeon, ON which has had 29 fatalities; and North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre which has seen 18 residents pass away. New federal guidelines have been created for all Canadian long-term care facilities to try to limit visitors and implement regular screening measures for employees and residents. Provinces are also increasing funding to these facilities to provide better infection-control measures, including Ontario which already has outbreaks in 89 facilities and pledges $243 million. 

Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tam-long-term-deaths-to-continue-1.5531011

Summary by: Helen Genis