TORONTO – Three more people have died from COVID-19 at a long-term care home in Scarborough, Ont., Bringing the total number of deaths at the facility to 52.
Tendercare Living Center has been battling a deadly epidemic for weeks. The concern and frustration of the families of the residents of the house has grown as they continue to call for support from the military.
“We extend our deepest condolences to those who have lost a family member or friend to this devastating virus,” North York General Hospital, which temporarily manages the home, said in a statement Thursday.
The hospital reported that 78 residents of the home are currently positive for COVID-19. He also said that 44 resident cases and 56 staff cases have been resolved and they are no longer showing symptoms of the virus.
The new cases and deaths on Thursday come after families of residents have repeatedly protested outside the retirement home in recent days to demand better care for their loved ones.
Family members and doctors have called on the Ontario government to bring the military to long-term care homes as it did other facilities during the first wave of the disease, a move which helped save lives and stabilize homes that faced high numbers of infections and deaths.
Ontario Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said staffing has stabilized at home with help from the hospital. However, as the death toll rises almost daily, families say more needs to be done.