A COVID-19 outbreak at the Hillsdale Estate in Oshawa left two victims over the weekend.
A Durham area statement said: “We are saddened to announce the death of two residents of our Hillsdale Estates long-term care home in Oshawa; People who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past weekend. We extend our condolences to the families at this difficult time. “
The deaths bring the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Durham to 378.
The Durham Area Health Department reports 23 active cases at the facility, two of which have been resolved.
On Friday, September 4, the region reported 26 cases.
Of the active cases, 23 are isolated.
The outbreak began on August 26, and it is the eighth occurrence of its kind in the house since the pandemic began.
In its statement, the region found that the vaccination rate was 83 percent for staff and 95 percent for residents.
“We have – unfortunately – seen positive COVID-19 results in fully vaccinated residents and employees. There are 16 active COVID-19 cases among residents and eight active COVID-19 cases among staff. At this point in time, we do not have confirmation of the COVID-19 strain to determine if it is a worrying variant. We are currently working with the health department to arrange vaccination clinics for the third dose, “the statement said.
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, the health and safety of our residents has always been a top priority. We have been working according to instructions from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health’s outbreak protocols. We have actively screened all staff and key visitors (every day) and increased the surveillance tests to daily. We monitored residents and staff for signs and symptoms. We follow infection control protocols – including the use of personal protective equipment consisting of a surgical mask, shield, gown, and gloves – when caring for.
“We understand that this is an uncertain and challenging time. We can assure all families that we continue to have the necessary staffing levels, including the permanent presence of the management team on site. We have also kept all families regularly informed.” and staff during this outbreak, “the statement read.
In Durham, there are four institutional outbreaks in long-term care facilities and aged communities. The other outbreaks are occurring at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville, Extendicare Oshawa long-term care home, and Amica Whitby retirement home.
The Lakeridge Bowmanville outbreak includes five cases, three of which have been hospitalized, one has been isolated, and one has been resolved.
At Extendicare Oshawa there are two cases, one isolated and one resolved.
At Amica Whitby there are eight cases, four of which are isolated and four are resolved.
As of Monday, September 7, the region reports 213 active cases, with seven people hospitalized and no one in an intensive care unit.