Coronavirus: Outbreak at Oshawa long-term care home worsens as another resident dies

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COVID-19 outbreak at Hillsdale Terraces in Oshawa
WATCH ABOVE (March 26): Staff at an Oshawa, Ont., long-term care home are working to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. At least eight cases have been confirmed, with 28 people in self-isolation. Frazer Snowdon has more. – Mar 26, 2020

Editor’s note: This story originally reported six deaths at the home. At this time, the Durham Region Health Department has confirmed two. The story has been updated to reflect that.

The outbreak of coronavirus at an Oshawa long-term care home has worsened with one more death, bringing the total to two, according to the Durham Region Health Department (DRHD).

The department confirmed the additional death, a man in his 90s, at Hillsdale Terraces Long-term Care Home on Monday. DRHD said the man was tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19 after his death.

On March 19, it was first reported that four residents, two women aged 80 and 92 and two men, aged 68 and 71, tested positive for the virus.

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On March 25,  the home confirmed a woman in her 90s was transferred to Lakeridge Health Oshawa hospital two days earlier where she died. She tested positive for the virus on the same day she died.

Officials at the home later said they were working to contain the outbreak, which had then infected eight residents and had 28 residents in isolation across three units.

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Several Ontario long-term care facilities report COVID-19 cases

On Monday, Ontario confirmed 351 new coronavirus cases. The death toll also rose from 23 to 33 in the province.

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Hillsdale isn’t the only long-term care home facing an outbreak, as a home in Bobcageon has had nine deaths and over 30 residents and staff workers confirmed positive for COVID-19.

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Ontario health officials, along with the Ford government, have urged residents to stay at home as much as possible and to only go out when its essential, even going as far as banning gatherings of more than five people.

Premier Doug Ford reiterated the recommendation Monday for residents aged 70 and older or those with compromised immune systems to self-isolate.

With files from Frazer Snowdon

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