COVID-19 is moving quickly through Winnipeg long-term care homes, with the city’s regional health authority reporting 24 outbreaks in care homes as of Tuesday – five more than the previous week.
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority spokesman Paul Turen said as of Tuesday, three deaths have been linked to the outbreak. There are now 207 COVID-19 cases among residents and 106 among staff in long-term care homes, he said.
The Winnipeg Health Authority oversees 39 long-term care homes.
It’s been “all hands on deck” at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Center, where 11 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, says CEO Laurie Cerqueti.
Staff at the Southwest Winnipeg care home have stabilized a bit, but they say the situation is still day-to-day.
“We are fully expecting to receive more calls that we have positive staff,” she said.
“Unfortunately, we have many residents who now test positive, putting additional pressure on staff, as many residents are isolated and have to be taken care of in their rooms.”
At the start of the pandemic, every single staff member was trained to feed residents, and everyone from administrative to accounting staff were called in to help during the absence, Cerqueti said.
“It’s too late at night for the leadership team here at Simkin Center. A lot of employees are taking on extra shifts. There was a lot of overtime, so it’s really getting everyone to work together as best we can.” for our residents.”
Cerqueti says that Simkin Center employees celebrate every recovery with a parade, including a parade on Monday where the resident was pulled out of his room. Stayin Alive Played by Bee Gees.
“It really brings people together for a few minutes to make our residents happy and celebrate that someone made it through this,” she said.
“It’s really been quite amazing to be able to do this for all of our employees.”
Many Winnipeg care homes have reported cases they’ve seen recently are mild, as nearly every resident has had a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Turen said.
As of January 5, more than 91 percent of individual care home residents in Winnipeg had had a booster, he said.
Sick leave across the system
Shared Health said over the weekend that COVID-19 is affecting health care workers across the province.
From December 26 to January 1, at least 915 employees in the health care system tested positive for COVID-19, including 194 nurses or nurses in training and 29 doctors or doctors in training, a spokesperson said in an email. . The rest are allied health workers, EMS and support workers.
Of those cases, 46 are linked to outbreaks.
This number is probably a low number, however, as some workers may have called sick after receiving a positive test result from a quick test at home.