As numbers grow, Canada’s nursing homes remain a battleground for coronaviruses

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VANCOUVER – Another outbreak of coronavirus was detected in a British Columbia establishment. long-term care home – the type of facility that has housed the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks across the country.

On Friday, B.C. reported three more deaths from long-term care due to COVID-19, which adds to a grim and growing picture. There are now 176 cases of coronavirus spread across 22 nursing homes in British Columbia.

In Ontario, 32 facilities are experiencing similar outbreaks, including the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, which killed 20 people due to the disease. In Alberta, eight of the province’s 18 deaths occurred at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Center in Calgary, which has dozens of cases among its residents.

It is clear that nursing homes continue to be one of Canada’s main battlegrounds in the fight against the pandemic.

“We all have our own pandemic that we are going through and even in different parts of British Columbia. it’s a whole different story, ”said BC health official Dr. Bonnie Henry on Friday. “We know that the epidemic in the Lower Mainland was unfortunately caused by the entry of this virus into long-term care homes.”

Officials said the latest deaths occurred at the Lynn Valley Care Center in North Vancouver – where the country’s first long-term care outbreak began – and at the Haro Park center in west Vancouver.

Henry stated that the particular problem in the Lower Mainland was that COVID-19 had entered Lynn Valley health center early in British Columbia’s experience with the virus, before being recognized for what it was. This has allowed the virus to spread to other nursing homes through workers, who are often employed in more than one facility.

The provincial health authority in British Columbia has now ensured that workers are assigned to only one nursing home.

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Outbreaks in long-term care facilities are a major concern because seniors and those with other health conditions are particularly at risk for having a severe form of COVID-19.

BEFORE CHRIST. On Friday, three additional deaths from long-term care attributable to COVID-19 were reported, as well as one death outside of long-term care. Hospitalizations for the disease have declined in British Columbia. Friday, with a total of 146 people in intensive care.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, said Friday that there were more than 11,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country.

“We are seeing a more marked increase in deaths reported in recent days,” said Tam. “It is a sad reminder to all of us that we must take this disease seriously. “

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Alex McKeen
Alex McKeen is a Vancouver reporter who covers transportation and work for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @alex_mckeen



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