West End Villa reports two more COVID-related deaths

So far, 15 residents who have tested positive have died during this outbreak, said a memo from Extendicare, which operates the home.

OTTAWA - SEPT. 15/2020 - Extendicare West End Villa - where five deaths from COIVD-19 complications was revealed Tuesday. Julie Oliver/POSTMEDIA

Two more West End Villa residents have died of COVID-related illness, according to a memo to families of residents.

So far, 15 residents who have tested positive have died during this outbreak, said the memo from Extendicare, which operates the home. One of the 15 residents who died had tested positive, but the case had been considered resolved.

In total, there have been 68 confirmed cases among West End Villa residents to date, with 22 positive cases remaining in the home, 28 cases resolved and three in hospital.

Forty-two staff members have also tested positive, including one who worked for an agency. Of these, 37 are self-isolated at home and five cases have been resolved.

There are also pending test results for 121 residents and 149 staff members.

Last week, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Dr. Vera Etches, made the “unprecedented” move of ordering The Ottawa Hospital to take over management of West End Villa and another Extendicare home, Laurier Manor, both of which were experiencing second-wave outbreaks.

Etches said she acted under the provincial Health Protection and Promotion Act with the full support of the hospital, the homes and the provincial government, to try to turn around the outbreaks.

In Monday’s memo, Extendicare said that with some staff away sick, it was working with The Ottawa Hospital, external agencies and on recruitment with a human resources consultant.

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