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GTA seniors homes ravaged by COVID

Posted: December 8, 2020

(December 7, 2020)

By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun

Crosses erected outside Camilla Care Community long-term care home representing the residents who have died from COVID-19, during a hunger strike by Innis Ingram May 28, 2020. PHOTO BY JACK BOLAND /Toronto Sun

Seniors homes continue to be hard hit during COVID’s second wave with cases that are spreading at an “alarming rate,” says a health care advocate.

Natalie Mehra, executive director  of the Ontario Health Coalition said this weekend that there are 117 active outbreaks in long-term care homes, 45 of them involving more than 10 residents and 10 with more than 99 residents and staff infected.

In fact, provincial statistics continue to indicate that 25% of all deaths due to COVID are those over 80 years of age. To date, they represent 2,618 of all deaths from COVID.

Some of the hardest hit LTC/retirement homes in the GTA include:

  • Hawthorn Woods Care Community, Brampton: 84 cases (59 residents) and three deaths.
  • Sunnycrest Nursing Homes, Whitby: 105 of 136 residents, 52 staff and nine deaths.
  • Villa da Vinci Retirement Residence, Woodbridge: 75 of 108 residents, 31 staff and five deaths
  • Craiglee Nursing Home, Toronto: 86 residents, 35 staff and 16 deaths
  • Fairview Nursing Home, Toronto: 62 residents, 29 staff and 14 deaths
  • Kennedy Lodge LTC, Toronto: 96 residents, 41 staff and 39 deaths
  • North Park Nursing Home, Toronto: 52 residents, 29 staff and 14 deaths
  • Vermont Square LTC home, Toronto: 77 residents, 49 staff and 11 deaths

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