2nd healthcare worker dies in Ontario from coronavirus

Apr 17 2020, 11:22 am

A second healthcare worker died from COVID-19 related complications in Ontario on Thursday.

The healthcare worker was a woman in her 50s and was employed at Altamont Care Community, a long-term care facility in Scarborough, which is part of the Sienna Senior Living network.

“Today, we received the difficult news of the passing of a much-loved and valued team member from Altamont Care Community. She will be sadly missed by all of her colleagues and by all the residents she cared for,” Altamont Care Community said on Thursday.

According to Altamont Care Community, there are 79 active coronavirus resident cases and 21 cases among team members. All affected residents and team members are isolated.

According to Lois Cormack, CEO and president of Sienna Senior Living, most recently the retirement and long-term care homes have begun to “proactively test” all residents and team members.

“We are also taking steps to ensure that team members in long-term care homes work in one site only,” Cormack said in a statement. “This is in addition to the other measures already in place including physical distancing to the extent possible, restricting non-essential visitors, as well as limited group dining arrangements, active screening, team members wearing face masks, and diligently monitoring for any symptoms of the virus in residents and each other.”

All residents and team members are now being tested for COVID-19 by a team from the Scarborough Health Network.

On April 9, the first healthcare worker death from coronavirus was reported.

A Brampton healthcare worker, who likely acquired the illness from community spread, died from the virus, Region of Peel confirmed at the time.

According to Region of Peel, an investigation reveals it is likely the man, in his 50s, did not contract the virus at work.

He was a long-time Environmental Services Associate at Brampton Civic Hospital and had been in intensive care at Brampton Civic Hospital.

As of April 16, there are 106 reported outbreaks at long-term care facilities and 30 outbreaks in hospitals.

Province of Ontario

There have been 216 reported deaths from the total outbreaks in long-term care facilities with 10 from hospitals.

In Ontario, 9,525 total cases have been reported with 478 reported deaths — indicating that almost half of the deaths have been from outbreaks in long-term care homes.

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