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Coronavirus: 7 dead, 37 cases at Humber Heights retirement home in Toronto

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A total of seven people have died amid a coronavirus outbreak at an Etobicoke retirement home, officials have confirmed.

The Village of Humber Heights retirement home, located near Scarlett Road and Lawrence Avenue, has 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 23 among residents and 14 staff.

A long-term care facility at the same location also has four confirmed cases of COVID-19, one resident and three staff.

“Today at the Village of Humber Heights we are again reminded of just how dangerous COVID-19 is for our vulnerable population. We have now lost seven residents to this horrible virus in the retirement home portion of our Villages,” Pauline Dell’Oso, general manager of The Village of Humber Heights, told Global News in a statement Sunday evening.

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“We are devastated and our hearts are with these families and their fellow resident friends. We are continuing to do everything we can to fight this virus and protect our community.”

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Dell’Oso said the facility has implemented increased infection control and cleaning protocols, use of personal protective equipment across the entire property, praticing distancing and self-isolation rules, and wide COVID-19 testing of residents and staff.

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Schlegel Villages said there have also been three COVID-19-related deaths at their Erin Meadows long-term care location.

Ten residents have contracted the virus there as well as 11 staff members.