As of July 2020, there were 9000 COVID-19 deaths in Canadian long-term care homes. Of those, more than 5600 were in Quebec, and nearly 2800 were in Ontario. British Columbia had less than 200 deaths in LTC facilities
No other country has had 81% of their deaths in long-term care populations. Personal support workers in long-term care are the lowest-paid of anyone in the health-care sector, they do part-time work and they work in several facilities which facilitates spread between the facilities. That’s something that British Columbia picked up right away, but there was no transfer of that learning to Quebec and Ontario.
- The federal government is granting permanent residency to some asylum seekers who cared for patients in hospitals and long-term care homes at the height of the pandemic last spring, in a one-time program that became more restrictive as Ottawa negotiated with Quebec.
As of mid-April 2020, nearly half of the COVID-19 deaths in Canada were at long-term care facilities. Residences are provincially-regulated, meaning that standards are inconsistent on worker to resident ratios and standards of training.
Outcomes have varied across a wide range from province to province, with Quebec experiencing an extremely large problem centered around the Island of Montreal (materially affecting national statistics). The populous province of Ontario also experienced a large problem, centered around Toronto.
The western province of British Columbia, with Canada’s third-largest urban center, Vancouver, experienced one of the earliest cases in Canada involving long-term care: a health care worker at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, announced on 5 March as the first known community transmission in BC. Two days later, the first death from a resident in long-term care was announced in connection with the same facility.
The Indiana State Department of Health has a new digital dashboard, designed to track and check data on COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities across the Hoosier State.
The new long-term care dashboard, or LTC for short, is in addition to the already-established statewide database.
It seems easy to navigate, and is complete with new and cumulative resident and staff cases and deaths. State leaders say each case will be confirmed with a positive lab test through the department of health.
“Since the verification system takes time, the data presented will lag by one week,” Dr. Dan Rusyniak, chief medical officer of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said.
Numbers will be updated every Wednesday, but each facility is still required to submit positive tests within 24 hours of first notice.
The highlight of this new dashboard is the state-wide map. Each dot on the map represents a long-term care facility, and hovering over the dot shows total numbers for each location.
If a facility has less than five cases, the dashboard will not reflect an exact number to protect the privacy of the individuals.
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BACKGROUNDER: CITIZEN WATCH was created as a public service for the people of Alberta. It was the work of an ever-widening network of individuals from across the province, including families and friends of long term care and assisted or supportive living residents and those requiring long term care supports in their own homes. CITIZEN WATCH WEBSITE
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