According to a press release from the Region of Durham, the outbreak at the long-term care home (LTCH) saw 28 residents and 13 employees test positive for the virus.
The outbreak initially began on March 19 and lasted for more than a month, with the outbreak being declared over on Friday, May 8.
Of the 13 staff currently infected, eight have recovered and the remaining five are recovering at home.
After thanking the staff at Hillsdale Terraces for their work, Durham Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Kyle acknowledged the suffering the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives currently face.
“This has been a difficult time for families who have loved ones in long-term care homes. We grieve the 14 lives lost at Hillsdale Terraces as a result of this outbreak,” he says. “Residents in long-term care homes and retirement homes are some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and every one of us has a responsibility to do everything we can to ensure that all members of our community are protected.”
Despite the outbreak being over at the Oshawa LTCH, Kyle acknowledges the fight against COVID-19 isn’t over.
“Despite the outbreak being over at Hillsdale Terraces, we need to remember that COVID-19 continues to affect our community. I remind the community to stay vigilant and informed as we continue to work together to keep our community safe,” he says.
The latest information about COVID-19 and Durham Region long-term care homes is available online in the Durham Region COVID-19 Data Tracker at durham.ca/covidcases. For more information about the Durham Region Health Department’s COVID-19 response, visit durham.ca/novelcoronavirus.