North York long-term care home reports four deaths from COVID-19

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TORONTO –
A long-term care facility in North York has reported three other residents’ deaths as a result of COVID-19.

The Downsview Long-Term Care Center reports that a total of four residents have died from the new coronavirus since the epidemic began on April 17.

“At 9:00 am today, a total of 50 residents and 19 employees of the Downsview Long-Term Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19,” the residence said in a new statement released on Monday.

The center says that all residents who tested positive for the virus are isolated, while all staff members who tested positive are at home in isolation.

The first death at the facility was reported on April 23.

The establishment claims to have followed the recommendations made by public health officials to stop the spread of the virus in the establishment. This includes the suspension of all non-essential visitors, additional screening measures for employees as well as an increase in personal protective equipment for staff caring for residents who test positive.

There are currently 170 confirmed outbreaks in long-term care homes across the province, three more than the previous day.

These outbreaks are responsible for the deaths of at least 671 residents, or approximately 75% of all deaths from COVID-19 in Ontario.

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