The massive COVID-19 outbreak at a Scarborough nursing home has claimed two more lives, bringing the total number of deaths among residents to 41 in the past two weeks.
But a report Sunday from North York General Hospital — which stepped in to oversee care at Tendercare Living Centre — said physician staffing levels are “strong” and there are “sufficient numbers” of personal support workers at the home at McNicoll and Victoria Park Avenues.
The report noted there is still an “immediate need” for registered nurses at the long-term-care home.
“Progress continues to be made to control the serious outbreak at Tendercare Living Centre long-term-care home and restore a safe environment for residents and those working at the home,” said Janine Hopkins, chief communications officer at North York General Hospital.
But Sunday’s update still paints a grim picture: the number of COVID cases among Tendercare residents has risen to 128 — up from the 116 reported on Saturday. The total death toll has risen to 41, up from 39 on Saturday. As first reported by the Star on Thursday, 164 out of 180 residents had contracted the virus in the previous 11 days.
One spot of good news: the cases of eight of the home’s 77 staff members who had tested positive for COVID-19 have been resolved, allowing them to return to work.
As the Star first reported, members of the community who have loved ones at Tendercare expressed serious concerns about the level of communication from nursing home staff during the outbreak, an issue addressed in the hospital’s most recent report.
“In addition to the direct contact between the physicians and staff and family members, North York General is providing additional dedicated resources to call families individually and respond to questions,” the report noted.
The update comes as Ontario reported 2,005 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 18 more deaths from the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 572 new cases in Toronto, 331 in Peel, 207 in York Region and 140 in Windsor-Essex County.
The province said 823 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 285 people in intensive care and 194 on ventilators.
The province now has added more than 2,000 cases each day for 13 days in a row. Provincewide restrictions to try to curb the spread of the virus were imposed on Saturday.