Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has confirmed a second outbreak of COVID-19 at Carlingview Manor, the long-term care home hit hardest by the pandemic in the nation’s capital.
The home’s first outbreak was declared on April 7 and saw 259 staff and residents test positive for the virus.
Sixty residents died during the outbreak, which was declared over on June 18.
“We received confirmation on July 17 that one resident of Carlingview Manor Long Term Care Home in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19,” according to a press release from Revera, the company that manages the facility.
Resident remains in isolation
Revera said it’s working to trace the origin of the new case, and will retest all residents who previously had negative results.
The company said it’s also ensuring staff continue to wear personal protective equipment.
“The resident is in isolation on the second floor and is asymptomatic,” Revera said. “This is the only floor declared in outbreak. All residents on the second floor are now in isolation and will be served meals in their rooms.”
OPH also confirmed only one resident has tested positive so far. There are now six outbreaks at city institutions like long-term care facilities, an increase of two since Friday.
At least 90 active cases in Ottawa
OPH also reported another 19 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its Saturday report.
In total, 2,208 cases have been confirmed in the city since the start of the pandemic. Of those, 1,855 people — or roughly 84 per cent of all cases — are considered recovered.
There are 90 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 38 since last Saturday.
No deaths were reported Saturday. It’s been over three weeks since health officials have reported a death in Ottawa. Five people remain hospitalized, but no one is in intensive care.
Across the river in western Quebec, there have been 629 confirmed cases of the virus and 33 deaths reported as of 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
‘Long-term care facilities are at a breaking point’: Calls for action as more deaths linked to Alberta continuing care centres – Global News
COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths at Alberta’s long term care centres are causing alarm among doctors and families.
On Sunday, Alberta Health Services announced nine additional deaths linked to the virus. Eight of those deaths were at continuing care, long-term care or retirement centres.
Alberta Health has been notified of 41 cases linked to the outbreak at Clifton Manor in southeast Calgary, and a man in his 80s who was connected to the outbreak died Sunday.
“The people who are in these facilities who are truly vulnerable — we have again disregarded,” said David Cowling, whose brother Donald has been living at Clifton Manor for a year-and-a-half.
Donald was recently transferred to a Calgary hospital because of medical issues. Cowling said his brother is well enough to go back to Clifton Manor but there’s an outbreak in his unit.
“Society has paid a tremendous price for this and yet we haven’t protected the vulnerable. That’s the irony in all of this,” Cowling said.
“I think it has been outrageous, how this has been handled.”
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine assistant professor Dr. Tehseen Ladha said hospital bed capacity is being affected by the outbreaks in long term care facilities.
“The situation is so dire in these long-term care facilities and it’s not getting a lot of attention,” Ladha said.
“We are basically taking up many hospital beds just because long-term care facilities are at a breaking point where they have no staff.
“They have COVID outbreaks and they simply can’t manage and they can’t accept residents back to the facilities.”
The president of the Brenda Strafford Foundation, which operates Clifton Manor, Conroy said the province should have brought in tougher restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus.
“I think what is required is the circuit breaker approach. Respecting the economic impact of the pandemic but if you just saw the information over the weekend in terms of shopping, the ski hills, the (anti-mask) rallies etc., I’m not sure it’s enough to influence behavior,” Conroy said.
He said asymptomatic testing has been “incredibly effective.”
“Over three-quarters of the positive cases we have found have been asymptomatic which is an incredibly high number,” Conroy said.
Conroy is concerned there is a bias when in comes to the age of the people who are dying from COVID-19. In Alberta, the average age is 82.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s explicit; it’s implicit systemic ageism. I find that to be very unfortunate,” he said.
“We know who the most vulnerable in our society is based on the learning from the first wave of the pandemic and I think we could’ve done more to prevent the vulnerability of those in continuing care centers.”
On Sunday, AHS said one person has died and there are 11 active cases linked to an outbreak at Generations Calgary — a combined long term care and supportive living facility in the northeast end of the city.
Alberta Health has been notified of 110 cases linked to the COVID outbreak at Mount Royal Revera in Calgary. There are six active cases, 93 recovered and 11 people have died.
Cowling is calling for more resources, including more asymptomatic testing, to be provided to continuing care centres.
“There’s no reason for why this should be happening. There’s no reason why all of the suffering that we as a society have had to take to deal with. We didn’t even put in remotely the adequate resources to protect the vulnerable,” Cowling said.
There are a total of 45 outbreaks in Calgary zone long term care and supportive living facilities and 47 in the Edmonton Zone.
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Top doctor urges Canadians to limit gatherings as ‘deeply concerning’ outbreaks continue – Victoria News
The country’s top doctor is asking Canadians to limit their contacts and gatherings as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in several provinces.
In a statement released Sunday (Nov. 29), chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam said there has been an average of 5,335 new cases daily over the past week, compared to 4,739 daily new cases from Nov. 13-19.
Canada’s active cases currently stand at 63,835, compared to 53,907 a week prior, while the positivity rate has increased from 6.6 per cent to 7.6 per cent. The number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 has increased to 2,111 from Nov. 20 to 26, up from 1,840 the week prior. The number of ICU patients treated daily jumped from 376 to 432 over the same time period, while average daily deaths increased by five to 76.
“More and larger outbreaks are occurring in long term care homes, congregate living settings and hospitals, and spreading in Indigenous communities and more remote areas of the country,” Tam said. “These developments are deeply concerning as they put countless Canadians at risk of life-threatening illness, cause serious disruptions to health services and present significant challenges for areas not adequately equipped to manage complex medical emergencies.”
Tam said that this time period was crucial, as the weather continues to get colder across the country and gathering indoors becomes more tempting.
“Avoid or limit time spent in the 3Cs – closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings and situations,” she said, as well as urging people to wear masks, stay home if they are sick and wash their hands frequently.
In total, Canada has reported 370,278 confirmed cases and 12,032 deaths due to COVID-19.
B.C. recorded a record-breaking 911 cases on Friday, the last day of a week that has proven to be its deadliest of the pandemic.
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Alberta's central zone now has 1101 active COVID-19 cases – Stettler Independent
The Government of Alberta reported 1,609 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
The province now has 15,692 active cases, to go along with 40,219 recovered cases, according to the latest statistics on the government’s website.
Alberta Health Services’ central zone has risen to 1,101 active cases, while the Edmonton zone has 7,230, Calgary has 5,756, the north zone has 857, the south zone has 642 and 223 cases are in an unknown area.
The provincial death toll has risen to 533, which is an increase of nine.
The City of Red Deer currently has 191 active cases, Red Deer County has 61, Sylvan Lake has 48, Lacombe County has 42, Clearwater County has 31, the City of Lacombe has 28, Olds has 21, Mountain View County has 15 and Stettler County has six.
Collectively, Ponoka County and Wetaskiwin County have 349.
“The next few weeks will be hard for all of us in light of the restrictions on social gatherings. I want to thank all of you for doing the right thing and making these sacrifices to help bend the curve,” Alberta’s chief medical officer of healthDr. Deena Hinshaw said on Twitter Sunday.
“While we may be physically separated from each other, I strongly encourage you to reach out to your friends and family and stay connected virtually. We are all in this together – so please reach out to a loved one if you need to.”
Provincially, 435 are in the hospital due to COVID-19 – 95 of those individuals have been admitted into an intensive care unit. In the central zone, 27 people have been hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care.
In the past 24 hours, 23,282 tests were completed in the province, which brings the total number of tests to 2,234,470.
Hinshaw’s next live update is Monday.
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