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Humber River Hospital to manage Toronto long-term care home amid coronavirus outbreak

According to the facility's website, there have been 29 COVID-19 deaths among residents. Google Street View

The provincial government has ordered Humber River Hospital to manage a Toronto long-term care home in a bid to help contain a coronavirus outbreak at the facility.

In a statement released Friday morning, officials said Villa Colombo, located in the area of Dufferin Street and Lawrence Avenue, has been unable to contain the spread of COVID-19 “despite receiving support and advice from Humber River Hospital for weeks.”

The hospital will be managing the home alongside staff at Villa Colombo.

Read more: 111 new coronavirus cases in Ontario, 9 deaths; total cases at 37,274

“I am confident that the talented staff at Humber River Hospital and Villa Colombo will work together to combat COVID-19,” Ontario Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said.

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In an update posted on Villa Colombo’s website Wednesday, the facility said there were a total of 17 active cases among residents inside the home and three in hospital. Six staff members were infected with the virus, all of whom were in isolation.

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There have been a total of 29 COVID-19-related deaths at the facility, according to the update.

Global News reached out to Villa Colombo management for comment but they did not respond by the time of publication.

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