Ontario orders independent commission into long-term care after more than 1,400 COVID-19-linked deaths

A memorial is seen outside the Camilla Care Community long-term care facility in Mississauga, Ont., where at least 56 residents have died of COVID-19.
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Date of Publication: May 19, 2020

Source: CBC

Ontario’s Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton has announced the provincial government will be launching an independent commission in September to evaluate the long-term care system. Multiple organizations including the Ontario Long-Term Care Association and the Service Employees International Union, which represents healthcare workers in these facilities, have advocated for a full public inquiry instead of the planned commission. These organizations believe it will provide a more thorough inquiry into how long-term care facilities have responded to the pandemic. Currently, 276 long-term care homes in Ontario have declared outbreaks and 1,467 COVID-19 deaths have been linked to such facilities. Ontario will now be reporting only lab verified COVID-19 cases within long-term care homes.

Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-long-term-care-commission-1.5575035

Summary by: Helen Genis