‘I have never seen anything like it’: Calls for more help, new measures as outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes reach record levels

Staffing challenges are making it more difficult for some homes to cope with the outbreaks
Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

More Ottawa long-term care and retirement homes are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks than at any time during the pandemic as calls grow for more support for homes province-wide. Ottawa Public Health reported 20 outbreaks in long-term care homes and 37 outbreaks in retirement homes on Wednesday, the highest number of ongoing outbreaks since the pandemic began according to OPH data. Some of the outbreaks in Ottawa involve just a few of the highly contagious OMICRON variant, but others are larger and growing. Among them: a total of 43 infected residents and three infected staff at  Camilla Gardens Retirement Home, five residents, including one resident death, and 24 staff at the city-run Peter D. Clark long-term care home and a total of 17 infected residents and 44 infected staff at St. Patrick’s Home long-term care. One resident death was also reported at the St. Patrick’s home outbreak, which began (at this care home) in December 2021.