Kitchener's Highview Residences' COVID-19 outbreak declared over, home says

Five more people have died from COVID-19 in Waterloo region, bringing the total to 66. Four of the five deaths reported Tuesday morning were people who lived in long-term care homes. Later on Tuesday, Highview Residences said the outbreak at its Kitchener home has been declared over.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Waterloo region on April 28

A total of 66 people in Waterloo region have now died from COVID-19. There are 709 positive cases in the region, new numbers released by Region of Waterloo Public Health on Tuesday show. (CBC News)

The COVID-19 outbreak at Highview Residences has been declared over, the Kitchener long-term care home says.

Highview Residences was one of the first in the region to be hit hard by the novel coronavirus. Seven people died at the home because of the virus, including former Waterloo mayor Arthur Paleczny and Second World War veteran Ken Tanswell.

As well, 14 people who lived there and 11 staff members tested positive for the virus but not all showed symptoms.

While some people will still have the virus, the outbreak has been declared over because no new COVID-19 symptoms were identified over a 14-day period.

Joy Birch, chief operating officer of Highview Residences, said in a release that April was a difficult month for everyone at the home.

While the outbreak is over, Birch said the facility "remains vigilant with its infection control practices." 

5 more deaths in region

Five more people have died due to COVID-19 in Waterloo region, new numbers released Tuesday morning show.

That brings to total number of deaths in the region to 66.

Four of the people who died lived in long-term care homes: two were at Forest Heights Revera and two were at Trinity Village. Both homes are located in Kitchener.

There are now 709 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region, up from 683 reported Monday.

Region of Waterloo Public Health officials have said that testing for the novel coronavirus is limited and that the region is following provincial guidelines to only test health-care workers, essential workers, their families, hospital patients and people living in long-term care homes.

The general public is not being tested for COVID-19 even if they're showing symptoms. Instead, people are being told to stay home and self quarantine.

The numbers released Tuesday also show:

  • There have been 5,770 tests have been done in the region.
  • 34 people are in hospital.
  • 220 of presumed or confirmed cases are healthcare workers, making up 31 per cent of cases.
  • There are active outbreaks at nine long-term care and retirement homes.

The numbers, which are accurate as of 7 p.m. on Monday, also show 269 people have recovered from COVID-19, up from 259 reported on Monday.

Outbreaks at long-term care homes

There are nine active outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes in Waterloo region. An outbreak at Marian Residence in Cambridge has been declared over. An outbreak is declared when just one person living at a home or working there tests positive for COVID-19.

Six homes have had people die from the virus:

  • Forest Heights Revera in Kitchener has 143 cases in residents, 50 cases in staff and 34 deaths.
  • Trinity Village in Kitchener has 31 cases in residents, 28 cases in staff and five deaths.
  • Highview Residences in Kitchener has 14 cases in residents, 11 cases in staff and seven deaths.
  • A.R. Goudie in Kitchener has 17 cases in residents, 12 cases in staff and four deaths.
  • Lanark Heights in Kitchener has eight cases in residents, six cases in staff and two deaths.
  • Victoria Place in Kitchener has 23 cases in residents, seven cases in staff and one death.

There are also outbreaks at Briarfield Gardens in Kitchener, The Village of Winston Park in Kitchener and Highland Place Retirement Residence in Kitchener.

Outbreaks have been declared over at nine long-term care and retirement homes.

See the full list of outbreaks.

Trudeau to students: 'Keep doing your part'

In a video message to students at Our Lady of Lourdes in Waterloo, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he understands the pandemic is disrupting their lives.

"You've been told you can't spend time with your friends. Your school and your normal hang out spots are closed. And you want to know when things will go back to normal. I hear you. I get it from my kids, too," Trudeau says in the video, which was posted to YouTube by a staff member at the school.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph adds 13 cases

There are now 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area covered by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. That's up from 257 reported on Monday. The health unit is only reporting confirmed cases, not presumptive cases.

There have been 19 deaths.

Nine people are listed as being in hospital and five people are in intensive care.

There are 89 cases marked as resolved, up one case from Monday.

The health unit reports active outbreaks at:

  • Homewood Health Centre in Guelph.
  • Norfolk Manor in Guelph.
  • St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph in the Apple Blossom Unit.
  • Stone Lodge in Guelph.
  • Village of Riverside Glen in Guelph.
  • Caressant Care in Fergus.
  • Royal Terrace in Palmerston.
  • Strathcona Long Term Care in Mount Forest.
  • Dufferin Oaks in Shelburne.
  • Shelburne Residence.

An outbreak at the Headwaters Health Centre hospital in Orangeville was declared over on Monday.

Read more from today:

Chart: Long-term care home outbreaks in Waterloo region


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