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4 deaths, 18 coronavirus cases reported at long-term care home in downtown Toronto

The Mon Sheung Home for the Aged in downtown Toronto. MON SHEUNG FOUNDATION/Handout

Four residents have died and another 18, including two employees, have tested positive for the coronavirus at a long-term care home in downtown Toronto.

The Mon Sheong Home for the Aged near Dundas and University Streets declared an outbreak at the facility on April 4 after three residents were tested for COVID-19. In a release Mon Sheung Foundation, which runs the home, said “the situation aggravated quickly.”

The Foundation said it first discovered several residents with flu-like symptoms in late March.

Staff members have since been working with Toronto Public Health to help stop the virus from spreading even further within the home.

All residents are isolated in their own rooms and are monitored for symptoms twice-daily. Staff is also screened for symptoms before and at the end of their shifts.

A COVID-19 hotline has been created for the families of residents as well.

The release says they are experience staffing challenges and also have a limited supply of personal protective equipment. They are hoping for community donations.

There are currently 69 outbreaks at long-term care facilities in Ontario with 857 COVID-19 cases and 88 deaths reported.