77 employees at four city-run long-term care homes in Ottawa test positive for COVID-19

The City of Ottawa is seeking student internships and new hires to help fill critical staffing positions after six per cent of staff at the four city-run long-term care homes tested positive for COVID-19.

In a memo to council Wednesday evening, Community and Social Services Executive Director Donna Gray said 77 long-term care home staff had tested positive for COVID-19. Gray says positive test results come from both PCR and rapid antigen tests.

Here is a breakdown of positive cases in long-term care homes:

  • Carleton Lodge: 19 staff

  • Champlain Reception Centre: 19 staff members

  • Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home: 26 staff

  • Peter D. Clark Long-Term Care Home: 13 staff

Gray says 24 residents at three long-term care homes have tested positive.

  • Carleton Lodge: 4 residents tested positive

  • Center d’accueil Champlain: 12 residents tested positive

  • Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home: Eight residents have tested positive

“The City’s long-term care homes are committed to maintaining staffing levels to minimize the impact on resident care and services,” Gray said.

“Long-term care staff are working with educational institutions to support student placements, accelerate the onboarding of new employees for critical staffing positions, and redeploy non-essential service staff to meet current challenges in staffing.”

The Ministry of Long-Term Care has required all staff, students, volunteers and support workers to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter long-term care homes.

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