Ford asks military for help at long term care homes

Almost one month after Ontario's long-term care sector recorded its first COVID-19 death, the province will begin "proactive surveillance testing" all residents and staff to gain a better understanding of how "pervasive" the virus is in the province's nursing homes. "We will begin by directing the additional personnel are deployed to five priority homes in the province", Ford said.

When asked if all long-term care residents will be able to receive testing, Ford said, "We have all the resources".

She mentioned that front line healthcare workers have seen some success as 20 long-term care homes were previously declared an outbreak are now outbreak free. The focus, Tam said, must be placed on stopping outbreaks in places like seniors homes and in other places where vulnerable populations live together in close quarters.

Globally, the grim pandemic toll continued to mount, with New York City alone reporting nearly 15,000 deaths - the fifth highest number of fatalities after Italy, Spain, France and the U.K. COVID has killed more than 45,000 people in the U.S.

Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported at an Etobicoke long-term care home, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths at the facility to 36. That is 49 more deaths since the previous day.

Legault said Wednesday that Quebec's new request for 1,000 military personnel is centred on staff that can be used in non-medical tasks in the province's long-term care homes. Of those, 272 - or 43 per cent - were identified as having either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in residents or staff, according to the study.

Williams said the main consideration is the level of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.

13th case of COVID-19 reported in Fannin County
According to the state Department of Health's daily update, there are seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Butler County. Tuesday, 58% of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kendall County were female and 42% were male, according to county health data .

The hard-hit Almonte Country Haven, where 23 of the 82 residents have died of COVID-19 complications, reported Wednesday that "a significant number of residents are showing signs of improvement, with more than 10 residents having resolved symptoms".

The last time cases increased by less than 500 was on April 18, when the province reported 485 new cases. "And only today is the government finally agreeing to test every resident in a long-term care home after opposition parties called for this for weeks", Schreiner said.

Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 59.3 per cent of all cases in the province. "Today, we are making progress against this ruthless disease, but I want to emphasize that every option is on the table to get our long-term care homes what they need to stop the spread".

Ford, meanwhile, threw cold water on any hopes of a wide open Ontario economy by the Victoria Day long weekend.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that Ottawa would spend another C$9 billion on programs to help students find summer jobs.

One of the worst cases in Montreal, where 31 elderly residents died after their caregivers fled the Herron nursing home, leaving them to fend for themselves, provoked a public outcry.

  • Ismael Montgomery