RESOURCES & ANALYSIS: COVID-19 Resources & Analysis of the Ford Government’s Response
Posted: June 17, 2020
This page contains the following information:
- Tracking report on COVID-19 outbreaks in health care settings
- List of COVID-19 assessment centres
- COVID-19 roundups
- Additional resources
- Media releases, statements, & campaigns
- Analysis & backgrounder of Ontario’s March 25 economic statement
Tracking Report on COVID-19 Outbreaks in Health Care Settings Including: Hospitals, Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Congregate Care and Other Settings
We have tracked all staff, patients and residents infected with COVID-19 in various health care settings. Each of these updates can be found below.
June 23 – updated tracking report (updated to June 17)
June 5 – updated tracking report (updated up to June 2)
June 2 – updated tracking report (updated up to May 19)
May 12 – updated tracking report (updated to May 5)
April 23 – updated tracking report (updated to April 21)
April 7 – updated tracking report
April 2 – updated tracking report
March 31 – updated tracking report (updated to March 30)
March 24 – updated tracking report
Non-health care settings: We also tracked people infected with Covid-19 in non-health care settings. Our report, released on July 3 and updated up to June 29, can be found here.
List of COVID-19 Assessment Centres
We have created a list of coronavirus assessment centres that have opened across Ontario. Each update to the list can be found below.
March 23 – list of coronavirus assessment centres
COVID-19 Roundup & List of Federal and Provincial Supports
April 29 – We have created a comprehensive list of Federal and Provincial Support available for individuals who are experiencing income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be found here.
April 2 – We have gathered the following information (sources are included) for your information. The COVID-19 updated roundup can be found here.
March 24 – The COVID-19 roundup, which includes information on health workers/long-term care residents infected, government supports & relief measures can be found here.
The April 2 & March 24 round ups include:
- List of COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Ontario
- Number of cases/status in Ontario
- List of hospital and long-term care health care workers & long-term care residents infected
- List of federal and provincial Public Health officers’ directives/recommendations
- Ontario health care funding & capacity announcements
- Ontario other supports & relief measures
- Federal government health care funding & capacity measures
- Federal government other supports & relief measures
- Please use the assessment tool if you suspect you may have contracted the Coronavirus.
- If you are experiencing the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact your local practitioner or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit.
- You can find the most updated information from the Ministry of Health here.
- For COVID-19 resources in other languages click here.
Media Releases, Statements & Campaigns
June 30 – Media events are being held across the province this week and will include updates on the Ford government’s failure to respond to the crisis in long-term care, on their attempt to push through Bill 175, the new law that privatizes and removes oversight for home and community care, and Bill 161, the new law to make it harder to launch class action lawsuits against private companies, including for-profit long-term care homes where so many have died. The media release with a list of event locations can be found here.
June 30 – The Ontario Health Coalition issued a report card today, grading the Ford government on its response to the key recommendations made in its open letter, sent a month ago, which has now been signed onto by more than 200 groups representing almost two million Ontarians. Premier Ford has not responded to the Coalition’s letter despite the huge body of Ontarians represented by the groups that have jointly signed. The report card and media release can be found here.
June 23 – The Ontario Health Coalition released its most recent two-week report tracking the spread of COVID-19 among patients, residents and staff in health care settings today. The Coalition has been tracking every case it has been able to find from reliable sources (all sources footnoted) since March 12 and has regularly released a report analysing the trends and charting the changes every few weeks through the pandemic. The reports contain comparisons to Public Health Ontario’s data and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s data. The full report and media release can be found here.
June 22 – Having already done online virtual protests, having sent an open letter to the Premier, having participated in public hearings that were short & with almost no public notice, having watched the Premier making populist sounding statements and at the same time ramping up its efforts to deregulate, remove public governance and oversight, privatize vital health care services while we are in a pandemic and at the same time not making policy and spending the money necessary to deal with the staffing crisis in long-term care:– the Coalition says it is now taking the extraordinary step of organizing cross-Ontario protests. For more information about the Day of Protest taking place on Wednesday June 24, including a printable poster, click here. For a media release for the Day of Protest, click here.
June 17 – The Ontario Health Coalition is making a formal complaint today regarding the behaviour of three government MPPs in the public hearing into Bill 175 the Ford government’s new home and community care legislation. The media release can be found here.
June 15 – The Ontario Health Coalition released its submission on Bill 175, the Ford government’s new home care law which guts existing home and community care legislation, dismantles public oversight and parcels out currently public home care functions to an array of providers including for-profit companies, according to the Coalition’s analysis. The submission and media release can be found here.
June 5 – The Ontario Health Coalition has released a statement in support of the protests against anti-Black racism & police brutality. The statement on how anti-Black racism is a Public Health crisis, and much more, can be found here.
June 5 – A media release and report that details the large number of COVID-19 outbreaks in health and congregate care settings, including hospitals, long term care, retirement homes, public health units and clinics, with data tracking 10,837 staff, patients and residents infected, can be found here.
May 29 – The Ontario Health Coalition, which has advocated for more than two decades for annual unannounced full resident quality inspections of all long-term care homes, issued a fact checker to clarify what has happened with the homes’ inspection and enforcement regimen. The media release and fact checker can be found here.
May 28 – The Ontario Health Coalition sent an open letter to Premier Doug Ford signed by family councils, health professionals, social organizations, cultural organizations, seniors’ and retirees’ groups, health coalitions, legal clinics, and many others who collectively represent more than 1.5 million Ontarians. The open letter with a list of signatories can be found here.
May 26 – The Ontario Health Coalition expressed its frustration upon reading the description of infection control practices at the facilities to which military personnel were dispatched. The media release can be found here.
May 25 – The Ontario Health Coalition has written an open letter seeking some assurances regarding both the long-term care commission and the immediate measures needed that cannot wait for a commission. Organizations are invited to sign on to the letter and individuals are encouraged to use this letter to write your own correspondence to Premier Doug Ford. The open letter can be found here.
May 19 – The Ontario Health Coalition’s response to the Ford government’s announcement today supporting an independent commission or inquiry into long-term care, with some caveats, can be found here.
May 12 – A media release and report that details the dramatically increasing number of COVID-19 outbreaks in health and congregate care settings, including hospitals, long term care, retirement homes, public health units and clinics, with data tracking 7,894 staff, patients and residents infected, can be found here.
May 6 – A new analysis released by the Ontario Health Coalition shows a significantly higher death rate as a result of COVID-19 in long-term care homes that are owned by for-profit corporations as compared to non-profit and public (municipal) homes. The media release and analysis can be found here.
April 30 – A media release detailing the issues in long-term care that have led to the Ontario Health Coalition calling for an online Day of Action tomorrow to press the provincial government for more concrete measures can be found here.
April 29 – On May 1, join us for an online Day of Action to Fix Long-Term Care! Event details can be found on the Ontario Health Coalition Facebook event here. Additional information can also be found on our website here.
April 23 – A media release on the 70-page report released on April 23 tracking people who have been infected with COVID-19 in health care facilities can be found here.
April 16 – A media release calling on the Ontario government to provide stronger, concrete measures that are needed to protect residents and staff in long-term care homes can be found here.
April 14 – Please send a message to tell the Ontario government to protect long-term care homes from deadly outbreaks of COVID-19. Click here to send a message.
April 9 – An analysis of and response to the inadequate Ontario government directives for long-term care during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.
April 2 – A media release calling on the Ford government to take more concrete action to deal with the growing list of health care COVID-19 outbreaks can be found here.
March 31 – Why are so few Ontarians being tested and tracked? The Ontario Health Coalition raises questions about the COVID-19 numbers in Ontario and why Ontario lags behind all other provinces and many other jurisdictions in ramping up testing. The release that raises these questions can be found here.
March 24 – Joint statement by health coalitions from across Canada encouraging the government to build capacity in public non-profit health care and to not privatize can be found here.
Ontario Economic Statement Analysis & Backgrounder
March 25 – Ontario’s government released its economic statement today. Overall, they are providing $3.3 billion for health care, another $3.7 billion in supports for people and businesses, and $10 billion for other deferrals and tax “relief”.
Health Coalition key message: The overall funding announcement for health care of $3.3 billion amounts to a funding increase of about 5 percent. This is approximately what is needed to just to meet population growth, aging, inflation and utilization at not much more than current levels. Please note: that total includes the $1 billion COVID-19 contingency fund that the government announced today.
Overall: at a 5 percent increase including the COVID-19 contingency of $1 billion, this is not enough to address what is needed and will likely be needed.
March 25 – In advance of the Ford government’s economic statement, the Ontario Health Coalition released an analysis of the numbers to date to give some context to the announcements that are being made regarding COVID-19 health care funding and have also included a backgrounder on current health care funding and capacity in Ontario.
The pre-budget analysis and backgrounder ahead of the 2020 Ontario economic statement can be found here.