City-run long-term care facilities hit by COVID-19 outbreaks

More than six dozen employees at city-administered long-term care facilities in Ottawa currently have COVID-19, about six percent of the total workforce, according to a memo to the council Wednesday evening.

The 77 sick employees are spread across the Carleton Lodge, the Peter D. Clark Long-Term Care Home, the Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home and the Centre House Champlain, says the memo from Donna Gray, general manager of community and social services.

Another 24 residents have also tested positive, the memo says.

The highly contagious Omicron strain of COVID-19 is rampant in all kinds of workplaces, and the city of Ottawa has not been immune. There have also been outbreaks in the past month shoot the fire brigade and the local paramedical service.

The cases have also spread among Ottawa long-term care facilities, although many employees and residents have already had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Long Term Care Homes Covid 19 Table Cases Ottawa
An overview of COVID-19 cases in the four city-administered long-term care facilities as of January 12, 2022. (City of Ottawa)

Despite the current challenges, city-run care homes are taking steps to keep staff levels sufficient “to minimize the impact on residents’ care and services,” Gray wrote in her memo.

“Long-term care individuals are partnering with educational institutions to support student placement, accelerate the influx of new personnel for critical personnel positions, and redeploy non-essential services personnel to address current workforce challenges,” Gray wrote. .

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