Ottawa's chief medical officer of health has issued an order for two long-term care homes, in the grips of serious outbreaks of COVID-19, which will see disease control expertise come in from the region's largest hospital.
"I did ask The Ottawa Hospital to move into Laurier Manor and West End Villa, to assist Extendicare in managing the homes, so that the level of medical expertise and care would be strengthened, so that they could look at all of the other aspects that make it possible to control an outbreak," said Dr. Vera Etches, explaining that those aspects include ensuring there's enough staffing, enough infection prevention and control advice and supervision.
Laurier Manor has seen 12 residents and six staff infected with COVID-19 since September 1. At West End Villa, 11 residents have died of COVID-19 since the end of August. It's the most deadly current outbreak in a long-term care home in the entire province.
"I didn't take this action without the support of everyone involved," said Dr. Etches. "So, the hospital was willing to support, Extendicare leadership was willing to support, and the Ministry of Long Term Care."
While the Ministry of Long Term Care would normally oversee the licencing and management of long-term care homes, Dr. Etches said the Ministry's procedures would take time and that everyone agreed an order, like the one she issued on Tuesday, would be more expedient in getting support into the homes.