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A call to action for long-term care

Posted: July 3, 2020

(July 2, 2020)
By: Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

With almost 80 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Canada occurring in long-term care facilities, there will need to be a reckoning of just how these homes should operate in the future.

Catholics are getting ready to play a role in the post-COVID look at what went wrong in long-term care, but that response is divided between a walk-softly approach and others demanding radical change.

Canada has had more than 5,800 long-term care homes hit with COVID-19 outbreaks and long-term care has accounted for 79 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths in the country (6,763 out of 8,552 total deaths), according to the National Institute on Aging’s online tracker as of June 29.

In May, the Ontario Health Coalition found the death rate related to COVID-19 in for-profit homes was nine per cent, compared to 5.25 per cent in non-profit homes and 3.62 per cent in municipally owned homes.

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