Coronavirus: Feds approve Ontario's request for military help at long-term care homes

CP-Web. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are shown at Residence Yvon Brunet a long-term care home in Montreal Saturday

Ford asks Ottawa to send help on frontline fight in long term care homes

Health officials have said that while community spread in Ontario appears to be in its peak period, cases in long-term care homes are increasing.

To date, Dr. Barbara Yaffe says 132 outbreaks have been declared in Ontario's long-term care facilities.

Premier Doug Ford addressed media Thursday, providing an update on the situation surround the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are now outbreaks in 132 long-term care facilities, or just over a fifth of the 626 homes province-wide.

"It is a moral imperative to improve our long-term care system and ensure that residents and staff are treated with respect and dignity".

While the Bobcaygeon nursing home is reportedly showing signs of improvement, its outbreak - which was declared in late March - led to the deaths of 29 residents, according to Global News.

The Ford government says they are taking "immediate action" to protect vulnerable actions, including a series of actions to be put in place over the next 48 ours.

Ontario Public Health's daily summary is based on data reported by the regional public health units at 4 p.m. the previous day into the province's database, known as the "integrated Public Health Information System".

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford's mother-in-law has tested positive for COVID-19 in her Toronto-area long-term home, one of more than 2,000 residents in the province who have been sickened by the disease.

Also on Thursday morning, the federal minister of public safety issued a brief statement confirming Ontario's request for help from the Canadian Forces and Public Health Agency of Canada has been granted.

Ontario has now a total of 13,519 cases, including 763 deaths and 7,087 resolved cases.

Thursday's report marks the highest single-day increase in positive cases.

"The plan we are announcing today will build on and support the critical work that is now being carried out each and every day by our frontline heroes to care for our most vulnerable citizens", said Premier Ford.

It may not come as a surprise to most, but the province has officially extended all emergency orders related to COVID-19 until May 6.

"Our long-term care homes continue to be the front-lines of this pandemic and we must continue to work around the clock to assist all our dedicated staff during this crisis", Fullerton said.

There have been a total of 12,879 cases of the virus confirmed through lab testing in the province, of those, 6,680 have recovered (51.9 per cent) and 713 have died (5.5 per cent).

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