Ontario also reports a further 1,062 cases are marked as resolved.
Currently, 479 people are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 118 are in intensive care units and 67 are on ventilators.
7 dead in Scarborough long-term care outbreak
A COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care home in Scarborough has resulted in seven deaths while 136 other residents and 66 staff are infected.
Sienna Senior Living said on her website that the current outbreak at Rockcliffe Care Community, 3015 Lawrence Avenue E., west of McCowan Road, began on November 2. The house has 204 beds. He confirmed the deaths and the latest case numbers in an email on Saturday.
“We are grateful to our partners and team members who are working so hard to protect the health of our residents during the second wave of the pandemic. The safety of everyone in our homes is our highest priority as the province experiences unprecedented rates of COVID-19, ”Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, media relations manager for Sienna, said in the email.
The home is working with the Toronto Public Health, the Scarborough Health Network and Sienna’s medical experts, Dr. Andrea Moser, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Allison McGeer, Chief Consultant in Infection Prevention and Control, to respond to the epidemic, said Daniell-Colarossi.
Measures in place at Rockcliffe to prevent the spread of the virus include droplet and contact precautions throughout the building, requiring all residents to stay in their rooms and allowing only essential visitors to the home.
The death confirmation comes after Elliott told a press conference on Friday that Ontario had “invested heavily” in protecting people living in long-term care homes and built an “iron ring” around them.
According to Elliott, the province is taking steps to ensure that there is personal protective equipment for staff in homes, that residents are protected from transmission, and that staff and resident tests are performed regularly.