A downtown care home that was overrun with COVID-19 cases and cockroaches will close by this time next year.

In Manitoba's second COVID-19 wave, Parkview Place was the site of many outbreaks and more than a dozen of its residents died during them. After a review from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the WRHA gave two dozen recommendations, including pest control for the cockroach infestation and needing a smaller gurney for deceased residents as room entrances are too small.

Now, according to Revera, they cannot make the facility suitable for residents in care.

"Parkview Place cannot simply be renovated to meet today’s long-term care standards; this would be a very complex undertaking and would require that residents and staff be displaced for years. While this decision was made independent of the home’s heartbreaking outbreak this past winter, the outbreak reinforced that closing is the right thing to do," Revera says in a Tuesday statement.

The last day they will be in operation, unless all residents have transitioned sooner, will be August 10, 2022.

"We will support Parkview Place’s residents and families through this process, and will work closely with WRHA as it plans resident moves to other care homes."

Revera says Parkview was the organization's first long-term care home.

"It has been a privilege to serve residents in Winnipeg at Parkview Place for 60 years, and we will do everything we can to make this process as seamless as possible for our residents, their families and our employees."

They will be working to help relocate staff at another Revera site or another placement.

Revera owns Maples Long Term Care Home, which was another Winnipeg home that saw serious COVID-19 outbreaks.