33 coronavirus related deaths confirmed at Etobicoke long-term care home

Apr 21 2020, 6:25 am

A long-term care home in Etobicoke confirmed that 33 residents have passed away from COVID-19, with 138 total cases, as of April 20.

Eatonville Care Centre said that there was one more death at the facility, making the total 34, but it has not been confirmed to be coronavirus-related — the results should be available in the coming days.

“Eatonville Care Centre continues to work with Public Health, provincial Ministries, and Trillium Health Partners to ensure all necessary supports are in place to appropriately respond to the outbreak,” Executive Director Evelyn MacDonald said in a statement.

MacDonald said that over the weekend, Eatonville received “incredible support” from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

And, a number of team members from the LHIN have been helping with additional cleaning and testing.

“I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of our health system partners for their ongoing oversight, advice, and front-line support,” MacDonald said.

Over the next week, a special cleaning team will arrive in the home to conduct a deep clean of residents’ rooms, common areas, and high-touch areas. There will also be new staff joining, including a registered practical nurse, a housekeeper, and additional laundry staff.

According to MacDonald, all residents are isolated in their rooms, have their temperature checked twice a day, and receive in-room meal services.

Eatonville Care Centre staff have undertaken enhanced cleaning measures, are wearing full personal protective equipment at all times, and continue to be screened at the start and end of their shifts.

According to Toronto Public Health data, the two other long-term care homes that have a high number of coronavirus-related deaths are Seven Oaks, with 22 confirmed deaths and 97 total cases, and Altamont Care Community, with 24 deaths and 82 total cases.

As of April 20, there have been 72 outbreaks in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and hospitals in the GTA with 1,039 cases and 123 reported deaths.

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