October 20, 2021

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7 residents die at Scarborough long-term care home after being exposed to COVID-19

Rockcliffe Care Community

Seven residents of a Scarborough long-term care home dealing with the spread of COVID-19 have died.

According to Sienna Living, 136 residents of the Rockcliff Care community have been tested positive for the virus since the outbreak was announced on November 2.

More than half of the residents are in the 204-bed nursing home at Scarborough General Hospital in the Lawrence Avenue East and McCowan Road area.

“We are saddened to share the news of the disappearance of seven residents,” a Sienna Living spokeswoman told CP24 in an e-mail.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of these residents and our thoughts are with them at this time.”

Also, 60 staff were contracted to COVID-19.

Sienna Living said steps are being taken to control the spread with the help of in-house medical professionals and staff from the Scarborough Health Network.

Some measures to prevent the spread of the virus include full contact and drip precautions throughout the building, making sure residents stay in their rooms and receive meals there, pausing group programming until further notice, allowing only the necessary caregivers at home, and coordinating staff.

“Many lessons have been learned from the beginning of the epidemic and as we prepare for this second wave, our focus is on improving our expertise, increasing our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), strengthening our infection prevention and control methods, investing in our homes, supporting frontline and families Strengthen communications, ”the company said.

In another Scarborough long-term care home, two other residents Kennedy Lodge Died after being infected with COVID-19. This brings the death toll at the facility to 31.

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Revera, who operates a 289-bed facility in the Ellesmere and Kennedy Road area, confirmed the deaths. News release Saturday.

Since October 2, a total of 93 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 27 cases were active and 35 cases were resolved.

Meanwhile, 14 out of 35 cases of staff were active.

According to the regional government, there are now 100 long-term care homes in Ontario COVID-19 has been dealing with outbreaks, since 91 last weekend.