Almost 4,000 Dead in Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes as We Approach End of Wave 2

And Thanks to Ford Government Failures, Wave 2 Deaths Exceed Wave 1

A News Release from the Ontario Health Coalition, a non-profit advocacy group for quality public health care in Ontario

Posted March 12th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Toronto, Ontario  – As the devastation of the second wave of COVID-19 abates, we are left with certainty that Ontario failed to adequately prepare its health care setting despite months of warning.

Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates, left, with St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens immediately to his right, and over at the right side of the photo, Niagara Health Coalition leader Sue Hotte, at the July 3rd, 2020  shout-out in St. Catharines for more public resources for long-term care homes like this one at the privately owned and operated Garden City Manor in St. Catharines. File Photo by Doug Draper

The Ontario Health Coalition has been tracking COVID-19 outbreaks in health care settings since mid-March, and released a new report today on large outbreaks in health care settings, including long-term care, hospitals and retirement homes.

The new report can be found here. <https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/report-tracking-the-spread-of-covid-19-large-outbreaks-in-health-care-settings-summary-report-over-two-thousand-dead-in-long-term-care-as-we-approach-end-of-wave-2-data-updated-to-march-3/>

Check out what privately run home is at the top of this list, compiled by the Ontario Health Coalition.

As of March 3, the second wave of COVID-19 has 53% more infections and 14% more deaths in residents, patients, and staff than the first wave.

Since our last report January 19th up to Tuesday, February 9th, the following are the trends:

  • ·       The number of people infected in active large outbreaks has decreased by every measure. As of March 3, the cumulative number of residents and patients infected just in the currently active large outbreaks in health care settings decreased 78% from our last report a month ago on February 9.
  • The cumulative number of staff members infected in active large outbreaks decreased 80% from 3,289 a month on February 9.There is a total of 1,850 cases cumulative in the currently active large outbreaks. Four weeks earlier, the total number of cases in the then-active large outbreaks was 8,564; thus, there was a 78% decrease in cases in currently active large health care outbreaks overa·      
  • Regardless of the decrease in the number of large outbreaks, almost a third of the long-term care outbreaks that are currently active are large and have not been controlled effectively. Of the 74 active outbreaks in long-term care homes, 23 of them or 31% have more than 10 patients, residents, and staff infected. Details of the nine worst currently-active long-term care outbreaks, with 120 deaths attributed to them, can be found in Table 1 below
  • The number of cumulative cases in the second wave has far surpassed the amount from the first wave. From September 1 to current day, what we are counting as the second wave, the total number of long-term care cases is 13,114, which is 4,546 more cases than there were in the first wave (March 31 to August 25), or an increase of 53%. The total number of long-term care residents and staff deaths in Wave 2 so far is 2,062, which is 13% more than there were in the first wave.

Since January, there have been 6,204 long-term care residents and staff infected with COVID-19, with 1,078 deaths as of March 9. This averages out to 620 new cases in staff and residents every week of 2021, and 108 deaths each week. With great sadness we report that the average number of deaths of the currently active long-term care outbreaks is 6.7.

Ontario Health Coalition Mission & Mandate – Our primary goal is to protect and improve our public health care system. We work to honour and strengthen the principles of the Canada Health Act.

We are led by our shared commitment to core values of equality, democracy, social inclusion and social justice; and by the five principles of the Act: universality; comprehensiveness; portability; accessibility and public administration. We are a non-profit, non-partisan public interest activist coalition and network.

For more information on the Ontario Health Coalition,  click on – https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/

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