Almost half of all residents at Toronto’s long-term care home have tested positive for COVID-19

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TORONTO – Almost half of all residents at a downtown city-run long-term care home have been infected with COVID-19 since an outbreak was declared at the facility last month . The city confirmed to CP24 that there have been 112 positive cases among residents of the 250-bed Fudger House since October 2.

So far, 74 of those residents have recovered from the virus and nine have died. The remaining 29 cases are still considered active.

It should be noted that not all deaths are necessarily directly related to COVID-19, as some may have involved people with other conditions.

“We have faced the extreme challenge of asymptomatic transmission a number of times since the start of the pandemic, so we have experienced over 35 outbreaks in our 10 facilities and have been successful in resolving them, but Fudger House is a challenge. very unique. with this epidemic. There is a very limited infrastructure there – all rooms are shared, hallways narrow, etc. The city’s director general of elderly and long-term care services, Paul Raftis, said in a briefing Wednesday afternoon. “We worked closely with the 24 hour Toronto Public Health Unit and worked with hospital partners to make sure we were focused on prevention and mitigation to stop the spread.

Raftis said the city is requiring anyone entering Fudger House to have their temperature checked twice a day and have also increased staffing at the facility.

He said that as a result of all the efforts that have been put in, he believes the outbreak is relatively under control at this point, even though residents continue to test positive.

“We are doing absolutely everything we can,” he said.

News of the dozens of positive cases at Fudger House comes as officials in Mississauga voice concerns about another outbreak at a long-term care home there.

There are now 90 positive cases among residents of the 151-bed Tyndall Nursing Home and another 65 among staff. “While our Outbreak Response Team is working tirelessly with them to fight infection and outbreak response to get this under control, this is a dangerous sign,” said the medical officer of health of Peel, Dr Lawrence Loh, in a briefing, pointing out that it has been an epidemic in any long-term care home in the region since the first wave of the pandemic.

There are currently 96 active outbreaks in long-term care homes in Ontario.

The outbreak at Fudger House is one of the largest in Toronto, but it is not quite on the same scale as that of Rockcliffe Care Community in Scarborough, where 135 residents and 63 staff have tested positive.

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