Six residents of Oshawa long-term care home have now died of COVID-19
Published Sunday, April 5, 2020 3:48PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, April 5, 2020 9:04PM EDT
Six residents of an Oshawa long-term care home have now died of COVID-19, Durham Region officials confirmed Sunday.
Officials said the six residents are among the 27 confirmed coronavirus cases at Hillsdale Terraces Long-Term Care home, which is located in the Ritson Road North and Rossland Road East area.
One of the deaths was previously confirmed by officials on March 24. A female resident in her 90s was rushed to Lakeridge Health for treatment, but died on March 23 as a result of the virus.
In addition, six staff members at the nursing home have also tested positive for COVID-19.
There are a total of 69 cases of COVID-19 in Oshawa as of Sunday.
The news comes after another resident of Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont. has died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths linked to that facility to 23.
Anson Place, a long-term care home in Hagersville, Ont., confirmed Sunday that five residents have now died following an outbreak of the virus. Three of the deaths were previously confirmed last week.
The management of the nursing home said four of the five fatalities are related to COVID-19.
"We are following the strict guidelines for managing outbreaks from the Ministry of Health and public health including isolating residents in their rooms, vigilant monitoring of other residents and staff for symptoms, the use of appropriate protective equipment, and heightened cleaning throughout the home," Lisa Roth, the facility’s executive director, said in a written statement emailed to CP24.
"This is a challenging and evolving situation."
A total of 37 residents of the facility have tested positive for the virus, the management said, adding that 21 staff have contracted the virus.
The province is monitoring 44 outbreaks at long-term care homes in Ontario. As of Saturday, health officials said 54 COVID-19 deaths had been recorded in nursing homes.
Ontario recorded 408 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the province total to 4,083.