“The results arrived on April 12 and confirmed that 24 residents were positive, a third of whom were asymptomatic at the time of the sample,” said Dr. Rhonda Collins, chief medical officer of Revera, on Tuesday.
Seven residents tested negative, she said. Three staff members also tested positive and self-isolated at home.
“We continue to monitor all residents for symptoms, including fever, twice a day,” wrote Collins.
The virus was first detected at a nursing home next to Montfort Hospital last week when an employee tested positive.
Since then, some residents have started to show symptoms, said Collins. It was then that the 32 residents were tested with “a few others” who suffered from respiratory illnesses to comply with the new guidelines for testing in retirement and long-term care facilities.
There are also outbreaks at nearby Montfort Hospital where the virus has spread to several places, including the intensive care unit, according to data from Ottawa Public Health.
The definition of OPH for an institutional outbreak includes when one or more patients are positive for COVID-19 and when there is a reasonable probability that they will be infected in the institution.
Recognizing the support, the nursing home says
Residents of the Montfort nursing home were tested by paramedics, Collins wrote. She thanked the first responders and Ottawa Public Health for administering the tests.
“Knowing which residents have tested positive and which areas of the house they live in puts us in a better position to isolate affected residents and provide them with appropriate care and support,” she said.
“We know this is a very scary time for anyone who has a family member living in Montfort. We are particularly focused on everything we can to contain this epidemic. We work closely with public health experts to implement and comply with their guidelines, and we are very grateful for their support. ”
All residents who have tested positive are isolated and supported by staff in full personal protective equipment, including a mask, face shield, gloves and a gown, Collins said.
Residents’ families are updated by phone and email, she said.
The Montfort Long-Term Care Center is one of 15 facility outbreaks recorded in Ottawa, according to Ottawa Public Health.