Winnipeg long-term care home reports Manitoba's 19th coronavirus death

Parkview Place Long Term Care Home in Winnipeg says one of its residents has died from COVID-19.

The death, which has yet to be officially confirmed by provincial health officials, is the 19th reported in Manitoba due to novel coronavirus since March.

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Revera, the company that runs the home, announced the death in a media statement Tuesday afternoon.

“We regret to confirm that a resident previously tested and confirmed as COVID-19 positive at Parkview Place Long Term Care Home has passed away,” Revera’s chief medical officer, Dr. Rhonda Collins, Chief Medical Officer, said in the statement.

“The team at Parkview Place is heartbroken and offer their most sincere condolences to the person we have lost to the pandemic.”

The company didn’t release details on the virus’ latest victim’s age or gender.

When asked to confirm the death, a spokesperson from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority directed Global News to the statement provided by Revera.

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Revera said seven residents at the home, including the one who has died, and one staff member have now tested positive for COVID-19. They say the employee who has tested positive remains at home in self-isolation and the company is waiting on test results on other staff and residents.

The facility was moved into the red, or critical, level of the province’s pandemic response system last week after the exposure involving the worker on Sept. 11-12.

The company said they are working closely with public health officials to implement pandemic outbreak protocols and enhanced infection control practices.

“All residents are monitored closely for symptoms twice daily and all staff are screened at the beginning and end of their shifts,” Collins said.

“All staff continue to wear the appropriate PPE which includes a surgical mask, gloves and eye protection in the home when in contact with residents.”

Enhanced cleaning is also being done at the Edmonton Street facility and mealtime and recreation activities have been adjusted to promote physical distancing.

On floors where positive cases have been identified, the company said meals are being served on trays in residents’ rooms. Visits are also being restricted to essential visitors only.

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Outbreaks have previously been declared at several personal care homes across the province, including Bethesda Place in Steinbach, where two elderly residents died from the virus last month.

On Monday, provincial health officials announced a man in his 80s in the southern health region and a woman in her 80s in the Prairie Mountain region had died also died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Earlier in the day Tuesday provincial health officials announced 24 new cases of COVID-19, including 20 in Winnipeg. The new cases bring Manitoba’s total number of cases recorded since March to 1,632 and health officials say the province currently has 380 active cases — 305 of which are in Winnipeg.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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