Second straight sub-300 day for new COVID cases

Grant Boone
May 27, 2020

Serious medical incidents (such as a broken hip) not documented or reported.

There have been more than 200 COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes.

"This report, both egregious and indefensible, affirms a lot of what we already knew", says Marissa Lennox, Chief Policy Officer at CARP.

Canadian troops deployed to long-term care homes overwhelmed by coronavirus outbreaks found neglected and malnourished residents, rotten food and insect infestations, and a blatant disregard for critical safety protocol, according to a bombshell report from the country's armed forces.

"It is deeply disturbing", said Trudeau.

But the horrifying details in the military report came as no surprise to close observers and critics of Ontario's long-term care system, who have long charged that the province's nursing homes have been neglected for years, leaving families stunned as they've watched loved ones face pain, fear and inadequate care.

"It's gut-wrenching, and reading those reports was the hardest thing I've done as premier, knowin that so much more needs to be done".

But Ford likes to say the buck stops with him - as he did again on Tuesday - at the very same time that he suggests his government bears no responsibility for it. Six health-care workers in long-term care homes have died.

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Recent increases in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Ontario and this large group gathering at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto on May 24, 2020 has prompted the Ontario government to extend all emergency orders, including the five-person restriction on social gatherings, until June 9, 2020. Ford said he knew they were not the only homes with problems.

Among the five long-term care homes mentioned in the report was Holland Christian Homes (Grace Manor) in Brampton.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government has signed a contract with General Motors to produce 10 million facemasks, while a partnership between manufacturer Vexos and Canadian astrophysicist Art McDonald will see 10,000 low-priced ventilators produced.

There were 287 new lab-confirmed cases of the virus reported on Monday, down from the 404 confirmed one day earlier.

The newly reported numbers are valid as of 2 p.m. Tuesday for Toronto and Ottawa public health units, and 4 p.m. for the rest of the province.

Ford promises the five homes cited in the report by the military will be held accountable for their actions, including the possibility of criminal charges of neglect.

More than 60 per cent of deaths related to COVID-19 in the province have occurred in long-term care homes and private seniors' residences.

"The reports they provided us were heartbreaking, they were horrific".

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