CORNWALL, Ontario – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) released an update on Sunday, May 3 about COVID-19 cases, specifically in long term care (LTC) facilities.
According to the EOHU, there are 13 cases at the Pincrest Nursing home in Plantagenet in Prescott-Russell, and less than five at Woodland Villa in South Stormont.
The EOHU cites confidentiality as their reason for not releasing specific numbers at Woodland Villa.
“Like the ministry, for confidentiality reasons, we will be releasing the numbers of positive cases in an institution only if there are five or more cases,” reads a statement from the EOHU.
The EOHU’s website states that there are 20 cases in LTC in this region.
The EOHU is in the process of testing all of the residents at staff at all LTCs in the region and have so far completed testing at eight facilities.
“We continue to work with our LTCs in outbreak to ensure that they have adequate staffing, PPE and infection control practices in place; our 4 hospitals are ready to send staff where and when required,” the EOHU statement reads.
Canadian study of critically ill patients with COVID-19 found lower death rate – EurekAlert
A Canadian case series of all patients with COVID-19 admitted to six intensive care units (ICUs) in Metro Vancouver found patient outcomes were substantially better than reported in other jurisdictions. The paper is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Researchers looked at outcomes for 117 patients with COVID-19 admitted to one of six hospitals in Metro Vancouver between February 21 and April 14, 2020. Patients ranged in age from 23 to 92 years, with a median age of 69 years. Two-thirds (67.5%) were male. As of May 5, 85% of patients were still alive and 61% had been discharged home. The overall mortality rate was 15%.
“The overall mortality was appreciably lower than in previously published studies, despite comparable baseline patient characteristics and a higher proportion of patients with completed hospital courses,” writes Dr. Donald Griesdale, a critical care physician at Vancouver General Hospital and associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, BC, with coauthors.
Data from Lombardy, Italy, showed a 61% mortality rate for patients admitted to an ICU, a case study of 24 people in Seattle had a 57% mortality rate among patients in the ICU, and a case series from Wuhan, China, reported a mortality rate of 80% in patients admitted to the ICU.
Fewer patients in the Canadian series (63%) received mechanical ventilation than in Lombardy (88%), Seattle (75%) and New York (90%), but in Wuhan even fewer (42%) received mechanical ventilation. Very few patients received unproven treatments for COVID-19; one patient received hydroxychloroquine, four received tocilizumab, and none recived remdesivir.
“Despite the observed differences between patients and critical care interventions in these studies, it is unclear whether these solely account for the marked lower mortality that we report,” write the researchers. “We hypothesize that these encouraging results may be due to a broader system-level response that prevented an overwhelming surge of critically ill patients with COVID-19 from presenting to our hospitals and ICUs.”
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Two deaths, eight new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa – CTV News
Two more residents of Ottawa have died due to COVID-19, while eight new cases of the virus have been detected.
Ottawa Public Health announced the new cases in its daily epidemiology update on Thursday afternoon.
Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Ottawa on March 11, there has been 1,930 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 240 deaths.
Thirty-seven residents are currently in hospital for treatment of COVID-19.
The median age of the COVID-19 cases in Ottawa is 56-years-old. The youngest case involved a four-month-old.
Recovering from COVID-19
Ottawa Public Health says 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases are now resolved.
The report shows 1,544 people have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19.
There are currently 146 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa.
Source of COVID-19
Half of Ottawa’s 1,930 cases of COVID-19 are linked to an outbreak in a retirement home, long-term care home, group home, hospital or shelter.
Ottawa Public Health says 975 cases are linked to an institutional outbreak.
A total of 426 cases, 22 per cent, are linked to close contact with a known case or linked to a community outbreak.
The report shows 10 per cent of COVID-19 cases, 183 cases, are linked to community transmission of the virus.
PoCo care home latest with COVID-19 outbreak, special team sent to Langley Lodge – CityNews Vancouver
PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130 — A resident at a long-term care home in Port Coquitlam has tested positive for COVID-19, while the Fraser Health Authority is taking extra measures to control further spread and deaths at Langley Lodge.
To date, 22 Langley Lodge residents have died from virus, more than at any other care home in B.C.
The first reported case of COVID-19 was at the Lynn Valley Care Centre, where 20 people died from the virus. The outbreak there involved 76 cases, but was declared over earlier this month.
Nicola Lodge, a long-term care facility in Port Coquitlam, reported its first case Thursday.
The resident is in isolation, according to Fraser Health.
The health authority has implemented enhanced control measures at the site.
Fraser Health has also appointed a director of pandemic response at Langley Lodge.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has been challenging to control at Langley Lodge due to complex factors, such as the outbreak being on a behavioral stabilization unit,” Fraser Healths says.
“We have been working very closely with Langley Lodge and this decision was made to further support the facility leadership and staff.”
As well, Fraser Health has deployed an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation machine, along with infection control specialists, and additional nurses and care staff at Langley Lodge.
According to latest update from the lodge, 10 staff members, including two from the health region, have contracted the virus, while one resident remains sick. Of all the cases, 22 people have fully recovered.
As of Wednesday, the province reported 14 outbreaks remained active in long-term care or assisted-living facilities, as well as one in an acute-care unit.
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