Two more Nepean long-term care centre staff down with COVID-19

NEPEAN – Two more staff of the Peter D. Clark Home have tested positive for COVID-19.

The news was confirmed by City of Ottawa Community and Social Services Department general manager Donna Gray in a memo to Ottawa council yesterday (June 11).

“The positive cases were identified as a result of surveillance testing, as part of the recent commitment by the Ministry of Health to implement regular surveillance testing for staff at long-term care homes,” Gray said. “The home began completing facility-wide testing on staff this week.”

There have been 20 staff and 24 residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at the home. There are four staff and two resident active cases. Since the outbreak began at the Peter D. Clark Home, one staff member and seven residents have died as a result.

“The affected employees are currently in isolation at home,” Gray said. “The safety of residents and staff continues to be our top priority. The homes are following operational protocols in accordance with Ottawa Public Health, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding dedication of our Long-Term Care staff in supporting the residents and each other in the City homes during this difficult period.”