New recommendations made on who should be tested for COVID-19

Henrietta Strickland
April 10, 2020

The Mon Sheong Home for the Aged near Dundas and University Streets declared an outbreak at the facility on April 4 after three residents were tested for COVID-19. Currently, there are 16 residents tested positive with four deaths. "Two staff members have also been confirmed", the news release read.

Staff members have since been working with Toronto Public Health to help stop the virus from spreading even further within the home.

The Foundation said it first discovered several residents with flu-like symptoms in late March.

In addition, long-term care homes must now actively screen all residents twice a day for any symptoms, as well as staff. Residents with symptoms must be isolated. "The Home has escalated their care of residents and wishes for their swift recovery", the news release continued.

Until now, public health officials have not recommended testing for people who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 unless they were a close contact of a known case.

"Since staff members that have been confirmed positive or are unwell are required to isolate, staffing is now a challenge".

Long-term care homes are also told to ensure there is sufficient personal protective equipment, something workers have said they are anxious about.

Meanwhile, Toronto's medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa and city officials are set to provide their daily update on COVID-19. "There are many factors that could have led to this because silent carriers show no symptoms but may pass the virus on".

The province is reporting 69 COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care homes in Ontario and there have been 88 deaths linked to those outbreaks, almost half of all virus-related deaths in the province.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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