May 11, 2020
By Jane Brown
Staff at Ontario long term care homes hardest hit by COVID-19 have been given until Monday at noon to come up with a plan to stabilize the spread of the virus in their individual facilities.
The request from the Ford Progressive Conservatives at Queen’s Park was apparently sent out on Friday.
A letter from Deputy Minister of Long Term Care Richard Steele says the plan should include clear deliverables, milestones and an approach to measuring and reporting on progress.
Steele requests the facilities outline how they will ensure on-site physicians and medical coverage will be provided, as well as how they will improve leadership through new positions.
The death toll in Ontario related to COVID-19 is at 1634, as of Monday at 4am.
Of those, more than 1200 have been in long term care homes.
In recent days, Premier Doug Ford has promised to look into why the majority of deaths has been in nursing homes.
There’s no word from Premier Ford or his long term care minister, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, on what this review will look like.