8 Nunavut elders at Embassy West test positive for COVID-19
Unclear whether any elders at the long-term care facility caught disease for a 2nd time
Eight Nunavut elders who live at the Embassy West Senior Living long-term care facility in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, Health Minister John Main announced Monday.
“I know this is concerning for everyone, especially those with family members at the facility,” Main said in a news release.
So far, cases are contained to one floor of the facility and Inuktitut interpreters are on site to help the elders understand the situation and what needs to be done to keep them safe, he added.
The Health Department is monitoring the situation and Embassy West has put “strict COVID-19 protocols” in place, Main said.
These include limiting visitors, screening and testing staff and clients, and keeping residents isolated.
Main said the facility currently has enough staff to handle the situation.
On Jan. 5, Main announced five elders at Embassy West had tested positive for COVID-19. That number eventually rose to eight, and on Jan. 18, Main said everybody who ended up catching the disease had recovered.
Monday’s news release did not say whether any of the elders who currently have COVID-19 tested positive during the first outbreak and have now caught the virus a second time.