Ontario Government Adopts and Emergency Order to Better Protect Long-Term Care Residents and Staff during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Published on May 13, 2020

The government’s number one priority is protecting the health and well-being of Ontarians, especially our seniors. 

By issuing this emergency order, the government is bringing long-term care homes to a place of health, safety and stability, which is an essential in overcoming COVID-19 in Ontario.  A new temporary measure has been issued allowing the government to place an Interim Manager — a person, corporation or hospital — at a long-term care home in outbreak, should this be required, to effectively protect our most vulnerable from COVID-19.

Decisions regarding when and where to put additional management support will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Alternative management will help control the outbreak, which will reduce or alleviate the current risk, thereby improving care for residents.

The government with health partners is addressing challenges in the long-term care sector, including by involving hospitals in deploying Infection Prevention and Control teams to homes, ramping up testing, addressing personal protective equipment supply issues, and redeploying hospital staff.

 

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