More than two-thirds of Winnipeg personal care homes have COVID-19 outbreaks

More than two-thirds of personal care homes in Winnipeg are dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19, officials from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority say. 

To date, 357 personal care home residents have tested positive for COVID-19, said Vickie Kaminski, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. 

While 189 have recovered, 68 have died, and 71 remain active cases, Kaminski said at a news conference Friday. 

Personal care home management and staff are exhausted and resources are strained, she said during an update on how the WRHA is managing outbreaks of COVID-19 at personal care homes in the city.

The update comes after eight residents died within 48 hours at the Maples Long Term Care Home last weekend. 

A safety review of the Maples Long Term Care Home found several serious issues that needed to be addressed immediately, Gina Trinidad, chief health operations officer for the WRHA, said at the news conference.

These included breaches in infection control measures, most notably regarding proper use of personal protective equipment, issues with recording feeding and nutritional information, and the need to stabilize staffing, Trinidad said. 

An official has been at the care home this week to monitor the situation there until the WRHA can ensure the safety of residents, she said.