Ontario to test every long-term care resident, staff member for COVID-19


The study, which sought to better understand how COVID-19 has had such a fatal impact in the province's long-term-care homes, underscores the urgent importance of measures to curb the spread among vulnerable elderly populations - including masks being worn by employees, broader testing within facilities, and limits on staff working in multiple homes.

In addition, Ontario has begun daily reviews to update risk assessments for every long-term care home in the province "to ensure homes have the supports they need, when they need it".

Setting up a 24/7 Long-Term Care COVID-19 Response Team, which has already helped more than 30 homes by putting in place infection control protocols, resolving staffing issues, and fulfilling personal protective equipment needs.

Continuing to identify critical 24-, 48-, and 72-hour help that homes need by matching qualified people and volunteers who can help with duties, including nursing support and cleaning. Previously provincial health officials had not been keen to test asymptomatic people but in a memo today public health units were told to start to prepare.

Ontario is expanding COVID-19 testing to every resident and worker in the province's long-term care homes, as almost 450 residents have died amid growing outbreaks in the facilities. That is 49 more deaths since the previous day.

Ontario has 295 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes (up by 22 deaths).

On the record, 12 positive cases of the virus have been revealed at the manor from testing including eight residents and four staff.

Increasing testing on both symptomatic and asymptomatic staff and residents.

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Nova Scotia is reporting two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the province's total to 12.

Williams said the main consideration is the level of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reported no new probable cases of the disease with the tally remaining at 234.

The last time cases increased by less than 500 was on April 18, when the province reported 485 new cases.

More than 400 qualified job seekers have been matched with long-term care homes through the province's Health Workforce Matching Portal, with over half of Ontario's long-term care homes now using the portal.

Ford, meanwhile, threw cold water on any hopes of a wide open Ontario economy by the Victoria Day long weekend. "It's a bad, awful virus that attacks the most vulnerable and that's why it's so important, if you have a loved one, I hate to say it, just keep 'em locked down and self-isolating as long as possible".

Also encouraging was the fact that the percentage of resolved infections in the province surpassed the 50 per cent mark for the first time.

The health-care system must be be able to quickly detect and deal with clusters of new cases.