9 residents have died from COVID-19 at Kitchener long-term care home, 98 residents test positive

Nine people who lived at Forest Heights Revera in Kitchener have died from COVID-19, new numbers released by Region of Waterloo Public Health on Sunday showed. As well, 98 residents and 39 staff at the long-term care home have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
A man looks at his phone while wearing a protective mask with his dog. The number of COVID-19 cases in Waterloo region is now at 487 and 25 people have died. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Waterloo region and both were residents of the Forest Heights Revera long-term care home.

That brings the total number of deaths at that home to nine. There are also 98 residents and 39 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Waterloo region has seen a total of 25 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

In a letter sent to the home's community on Saturday, Revera's chief medical officer Dr. Rhonda Collins said all residents who have tested positive are in isolation and their temperatures are being tested twice a day. Staff who have tested positive and show symptoms are isolating at home. 

Meanwhile, there are staff members who may have tested positive, but are not showing symptoms who are still working, Collins said. That is "at the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario" Collins wrote.

Staff may "return to work if they remain asymptomatic 72 hours from their test, wear appropriate [personal protective equipment] during their shifts, and remain on work to home self-isolation."

There is also enhanced cleaning taking place and meals have been changed to ensure not too many residents are in the dining area at the same time.

"We know this is a very stressful time for anyone who has a family member living at Forest Heights," Collins wrote.

"We are singularly focused on doing everything we can to contain this outbreak. We are working closely with public health experts to implement and comply with their directives, and we are very grateful for their support."

13 new cases across region

There are now 487 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region, new numbers from Region of Waterloo Public Health released Sunday morning show. That's up from 474 on Saturday.

The numbers also showed:

  • 4,061 tests have been done.
  • 22 people are in hospital.
  • 157 confirmed or presumptive cases are healthcare workers, making up 32 per cent of all cases.
  • 159 cases have been marked as resolved.
  • There are outbreaks at 13 long-term care facilities.

The region is not currently testing everyone with symptoms for COVID-19. Public health has said there are certain groups who are prioritized for testing including health-care workers, hospital patients and people living and working in long-term care homes.

The region says negative test results are also no longer being reported on its website because the province is no longer sending the negative results.

13 outbreaks at long-term care homes

There are 13 outbreaks at long-term care homes in Waterloo region.

Two new long-term care homes were also listed as having an outbreak: Marian Residence in Cambridge and The VIllage of Winston Park in Kitchener. Both have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener (as of Friday) and at Chartwell Clair Hills in Waterloo (as of Saturday).

2nd Grand Valley Institution guard tests positive

A second guard at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers said the two guards are self-isolating at home.

Correctional Service Canada said on its website that as of Saturday there were eight confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus at the prison. There have been 108 tests done at the prison – one person is waiting for results and the rest of the tests came back negative. Two people have also recovered.

86 cases, 5 deaths in Guelph

There are now 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guelph, new numbers from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health showed Sunday morning. Five people have died.

Seven people in Guelph are in hospital and two people in the intensive care unit. As well, 25 cases have been marked as resolved.

There are 28 cases in Wellington County and two people are in intensive care. Two people have died of COVID-19 in the county. There have also been nine cases that are now marked as resolved.

Dufferin County has 66 confirmed cases and six people have died. There are three people in the hospital. As well, 17 cases have been marked as resolved.

Outbreaks have been declared at:

  • Homewood Health Centre in Guelph.
  • Norfolk Manor in Guelph.
  • Caressant Care in Fergus.
  • Wellington Terrace in Fergus.
  • Headwaters Health Centre in Orangeville.
  • Dufferin Oaks in Shelburne.
  • Shelburne Residence in Shelburne.

Longo's starts temperature screenings

Staff members and customers at the Longo's in Guelph will have their temperature taken before they enter the store going forward. 

A spokesperson for the company says it's part of a pilot project that is also being done at the Longo's at Winston Churchill Boulevard in Mississauga.

The move comes after an employee at Longo's tested positive for COVID-19 in late March.

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