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Commission investigating COVID-19 in Ontario long-term care homes releases interim recommendations Colin D’Mello, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief and Videojournalist

COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care homes and other institutions in Ottawa

First published on May 20, and updated on June 17, 2020

OTTAWA — Long-term care homes have been among the hardest hit locations during the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for the majority of cases and deaths recorded in Ontario. Below you will find the latest figures from Ottawa Public Health on all current COVID-19 outbreaks in the city. These data are compiled from the daily reports from Ottawa Public Health unless otherwise stated. If an institution is not listed, that means it has never experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 as of the most recent reporting. Since April 1, a single staff or resident case of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 is considered an outbreak in A long-term care home, retirement home, or other non-hospital congregate setting. Since May 10, 2 staff or patient cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within a specified unit within a 14-day period where both cases could have reasonably acquired their infection in hospital is considered an outbreak in a public hospital.

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Questionable care:
Groundbreaking lawsuit against nursing home chains

CTV News, W5, Sandie Rinaldo, investigative reporter

Long-suffering families fight to get the care they say their loved ones were promised but never received. W5’s Sandie Rinaldo continues her investigation into senior care in Canada, and reveals an unprecedented groundbreaking legal action about to be launched against three of Canada’s top for-profit long-term care providers (Extendicare, Revera and Sienna).

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Families sue Ontario long-term care providers over “disgusting” neglect

Daniel Otis, CTV News Writer, and Josh Debaas, CTV News Writer

All of these shocking scenes were the result of neglect by two major Ontario nursing home providers, two new proposed class-action lawsuits allege. “This is not a one-off scenario. These problems are pervasive,” lawyer Amani Oakley, who is leading both lawsuits, told CTV News. “We are alleging that there is a systemic negligence going on, that there is a failure to deliver the kind of care that’s been promised.” The landmark lawsuits, which are believed to be the first of their kind in Canada, target two industry giants: Extendicare and Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation, which was recently rebranded Sienna Senior Living. They’re seeking $150 million each.

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Ontario commits to more unannounced inspections of nursing homes

Ontario is planning to increase its scrutiny of long-term care facilities, including ensuring that each facility receives at least one unannounced inspection per year. Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews announced that her ministry will also be hiring more inspectors to perform the unannounced “Resident Quality Inspections”. Her announcement follows a number of recent incidents that called into question the safety of care at some nursing homes in the province. In the most recent episode, the son of a nursing home resident released hidden camera footage to media outlets showing his 85-year-old mother being repeatedly treated at a home in Peterborough.