Long-Term Care Outbreaks Worsen
Posted: January 6, 2021
(January 5, 2021)
By: Tara Losinski AND Peter Muggeridge
Ontario is reporting 35 new deaths in long-term care and a record number of nursing homes are experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19. Today, provincial data shows that that 219 homes are dealing with an outbreak, smashing the mark of 190 set during the first wave. This means that over a third of the province’s 626 homes are now in outbreak. St. George Care Community in Toronto has become an epicentre for the infection, reporting 94 active cases with six deaths while Tendercare Living Centre in Scarborough, one of the worst-hit homes, is reporting 85 active cases and over 64 total deaths. “There are so many homes with outbreaks that are growing extremely quickly, the death counts are mounting, and the hospitals are overstretched now,” says Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, which has recently called on Premier Doug Ford to call in the army to help deal with the situation.