CARE-WATCH Fed 13, 2021: Long Term Care News


Adults 80 and over among next priority groups for vaccination, Ontario task force says: The big addition here is really for people who are aged 80 and older who are community dwelling. Obviously, that’s a major priority and that’s fantastic to see because we know those who are over the age of 80 are certainly at greater risk of having a severe outcome from this infection. I think that’s the biggest key addition.

Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases specialist with Toronto General Hospital
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CANADA LTC COVID Cases Feb , 2021

2552 Affected Homes

77716 Total Cases

14022 Deaths

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Canada News:

Roberta Place Long-Term Care home in Barrie, Ont. reports 70th resident death amid COVID-19 outbreak

A Barrie, Ont., long-term care home that was consumed by COVID-19 reports another resident death Friday.

Roberta Place says the outbreak has claimed its 70th life at the senior’s home.

The outbreak was declared on Jan. 8 and infected all 129 residents and 106 staff members.

Earlier this week, Dr. Charles Gardner, Simcoe Muskoka’s medical officer of health, said the long-term care home outbreak could be declared over soon as active cases dwindle.

“Transmission has gone down quite dramatically. So we’re getting very few new cases happening, associated directly with that outbreak and also out in the community in the homes, which is certainly a very good thing,” Gardner said.

On Friday, the home reported 15 staff members are still infected, but no residents.

Still, the region’s top doctor said he is concerned about transmission in the community.

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Researchers monitoring wastewater for COVID-19 at Edmonton long-term care facilities

Researchers in Alberta will be monitoring wastewater to see if it can be used as an early detection of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.

The majority of deaths in the province since the start of the pandemic have been long-term care residents.

Dr. Xiaoli Pang, a virologist at Alberta Precision Labs and professor at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta, said the research will look at wastewater samples from 10 long-term care facilities in Edmonton.

Those infected with COVID-19 shed the virus in their fecal matter. The research, which is being done in collaboration with the University of Alberta, AHS, APL and EPCOR, started at the beginning of 2021 and will run for one year.

Pang said monitoring wastewater at specific sites could lead to faster identification and response to COVID-19 outbreaks.

“With clinical detection, you need to collect the sample, send it to the lab to test. Usually there is three day’s delay. Because we can detect the same day – 24 hours to get the results – that means we may lead in three to seven days over that clinical diagnosis,” she said.

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