COVID outbreak at Oshawa long-term care dwelling grows to 26 instances

A COVID-19 outbreak at an Oshawa long-term care home has escalated to 26 cases.

The Durham Area Health Department confirmed that 18 residents and eight employees at the 300-bed Hillsdale Estates long-term care home tested positive on Sept. 2.

An outbreak was reported in the house on August 26th.

“The Durham area recognizes that communities have an important role to play in containing the spread of COVID-19 and we understand the importance of supporting and protecting our most vulnerable citizens,” said a statement of the Ministry of Health. “The region and the care department do everything to ensure the health and safety of the residents we care for and the staff who look after them in accordance with all current guidelines.”

According to the Department of Health, this is the eighth COVID-19 outbreak at Hillsdale Estates since the pandemic began.

There are currently three other active outbreaks at Durham facilities – one at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville with four active cases; one at Extendicare Oshawa long-term care home with two active cases; and one at the Amica Whitby retirement home with four active cases.

– With files from Reka Szekely

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