Hospital takes over administration of Roncesvalles long-term care residence with COVID-19 outbreak

A Toronto hospital community is quickly taking up the administration of a Roncesvalles long-term care residence coping with an outbreak that has resulted in eight resident deaths.

The Ministry of Lengthy-Time period Care confirmed Wednesday that Copernicus Lodge, positioned on Roncesvalles Avenue, north of the Queensway, has entered a voluntary administration contract with Unity Well being Toronto.

“This association will assist deal with the present unfold of COVID-19 within the residence, assist stabilize the state of affairs and return the house to regular operations,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

An outbreak declared on the facility on Dec. 16 has seen 73 residents take a look at optimistic for COVID-19. Of these residents, 41 stay contaminated, with seven in hospital. There are additionally 33 energetic circumstances amongst employees members.

The administration contract shall be in impact for 90 days.

“Over the subsequent few months, a workforce from Unity Well being Toronto shall be at Copernicus to evaluate wants, proceed enhancements round an infection prevention and management and high quality and security processes,” a press release posted on the home’s website learn.

“We’re happy to be working with the house’s management and employees because it continues to construct its providers and create an atmosphere that meets the wants of all residents in a dignified and protected group.”

Unity Well being Toronto started vaccinations on the residence final week.

On Wednesday, Ontario surpassed greater than three,000 long-term care resident deaths linked to COVID-19. Practically 40 per cent of the province’s long-term care houses are at present coping with energetic outbreaks.

The modelling desk mentioned Tuesday that beneath the worst-case state of affairs, deaths amongst residents of long-term care houses through the second wave of the pandemic may attain a complete of greater than 2,600 by Feb. 14, exceeding the 1,815 deaths recorded through the first wave.