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11 of area's 13 COVID-19 deaths to date were residents of long-term care or nursing homes

There are currently 114 COVID-19 cases among staff and residents/patients in nine of the area’s institutions

Of the 13 COVID-19 related deaths in the area to date, 11 of them have been people who were living in long-term care or retirement homes.

Data released Wednesday by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health show that five of those deaths occurred in Guelph and six in Dufferin County. Four were male, seven female. 

The age breakdown of the area’s COVID-19 fatalities are: three people in their 70s, five in their 80s and three in their 90s.

"We know that about one-half of all deaths from COVID so far (provincially) have been happening in LTCs. These populations are experiencing a disproportionate burden," said WDG Public Health spokesperson Chuck Ferguson.

"We are enhancing testing of these populations and the staff that care for them. This includes providing recommendations about who should be tested, procuring swabs for them, and providing other support as needed. This is part of the broader provincial strategy but we are actively working to ensure uptake in WDG."

There are currently 114 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff and residents/patients in nine of the area’s long-term care facilities and nursing homes.

  • Caressant Care: one resident

  • Dufferin Oaks: four residents/five staff

  • Headwaters Health Centre: five patients/18 staff

  • Homewood Health Centre: 14 patients/five staff

  • Norfolk Manor: 22 residents/four staff

  • Royal Terrace: one resident

  • Shelburne Residence: 21 residents/six staff

  • St. Joseph’s Health Centre: one resident/six staff

  • Stone Lodge: one resident