Military personnel will not be going back into Ontario's long-term care homes

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

The clarification comes after the premier seemed to open the door to the assistance after a phone call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I never refuse help. "We are working collaboratively together", he said.

Ontario has asked for military help setting up field hospitals if COVID-19 demand overwhelms health-care resources.

The reason this is good news should be self-evident to everyone, long-term care facilities have been hard hit by COVID-19.

The NDP says that Premier Ford is avoiding having the Canadian Armed Forces enter long-term care homes. "We all have a collective responsibility to ensure the safety and care for the most vulnerable in our society".

"Already we've been in touch with the Government of Ontario and stand ready to provide additional targeted help".

There have been two deaths at Arthur Caressant Care, one each in the retirement home and long-term care portions of the facility, since two outbreaks were declared on December 12 and 26, respectively.

Ford did not say if he spoke with the prime minister last week about sending in the military to some of Ontario's long-term homes that are struggling to contain outbreaks.

Several hundred Canadian Forces nurses and other staff were sent to seven badly-hit long-term care homes in the GTA during the first wave, documenting atrocious neglect and poor care of residents in some circumstances.

Management contracts are one way the province has tried to address serious outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

Since the start of the pandemic, 3,063 residents have died after contracting COVID-19 and since January 1, more than 200 long-term care residents have died after becoming infected with the disease.

Ontario is aiming to finish delivering a first dose to residents, staff and essential caregivers at long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes by February 15, according to briefing documents.

The clarification came shortly after a statement following the news conference.

But what about protecting and helping nursing home residents and workers in the interim, with 40 percent of Ontario's Long term care homes in outbreak and over a thousand COVID-19 related deaths since mid-September?

Increase efforts to vaccinate all long-term care residents and caregivers, including health workers, personal support workers, other staff and relatives who provide physical and mental health support.

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