The cruelly disproportionate spread of the virus in Ottawa long-term care homes

James Bagnall, The Ottawa Citizen

There is much we don’t know about how this virus spreads. Consider the situation in Ottawa, where long-term care homes account for more than half of the nearly 2,000 confirmed cases to date across the city and 85 per cent of Ottawa’s 248 coronavirus-related deaths. Remarkably, the strong majority of the long-term care cases and deaths have emerged from just four of the city’s nearly 30 facilities — Laurier Manor, Madonna Care Community, Carlingview Manor and Monfort Long-Term Care Centre. They are all owned by large, well-capitalized firms that operate a wide variety of long-term care facilities in Ontario and elsewhere. Each has seen the virus rip through their operations, tornado like, hitting some homes with disproportionate force and leaving others nearly unscathed.

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