Two senior long-term care residents in Ontario have passed away in connection to COVID-19.
An Oshawa woman in her 90s died on Monday after testing positive and being rushed to hospital. She was a resident at Hillsdale Terraces, a long-term care home in Oshawa.
On Tuesday morning, an 80-year-old woman passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, where she had been in isolation since being admitted to the hospital on March 16. She was a resident of Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek.
Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, passed on the information in an official release Tuesday evening.
Just yesterday, the province introduced new enhanced measues for long-term care facilities to enforce social and physical distancing and contain the spread of COVID-19, increased bed availability and ensure homes are able to provide isolation rooms, ensure sufficient nursing and personal support care staff are available.
Today, the province added a temporary order under the March 17, 2020 declaration of emergency that gives homes the flexibility they need to deploy staff when and where they are needed.