'They've failed': Ford threatens to pull long-term care licences

Ford says an investigation will be launched after “horrific” reports into long-term care

Sienna also operates the Camilla Care Centre in Mississauga, Ont., where the province has now taken over operations after at least 61 residents died from COVID-19. Overall hospitalizations have significantly decreased since the previous report.

A lack of training among staff, as well as a shortage of nurses and PSWs, were just some of the serious allegations in a military report outlining the grim conditions at five of Ontario's long-term care homes struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) report, which was released on Tuesday by the provincial government, made a number of startling claims, including reports of bug infestations, incidents of force feeding leading to "audible choking", and patients who were heard "crying for help with staff not responding".

Recent increases in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Ontario and this large group gathering at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto on May 24, 2020 has prompted the Ontario government to extend all emergency orders, including the five-person restriction on social gatherings, until June 9, 2020. The website says 94 patients are now using ventilators.

At this time, 555 cases have reportedly resulted in a recovery.

"These are serious issues that deserve to be brought to the attention of Quebec, and we passed on the report to them last evening", Trudeau said.

"The commission will be in dependent of the government".


Ford also suggested that operators of long-term care homes should "get out of the business" if they're more interested in profits rather than providing quality care for their staff and residents. Earlier this week, daily testing totals were between 8,000 and 11,000 tests processed.

The premier has also vowed to carry out "rigorous inspections" at the five homes as well as 13 other facilities that are "facing the greatest challenges" managing the outbreak.

"Through the work of this table, we have seen marked improvements to our long-term care homes affected by COVID-19 outbreaks".

According to the website, 662,162 tests for the virus have been completed and 11,868 possible cases are under investigation.

Ontario officials have said there may be a discrepancy between overall deaths and deaths at long-term care homes due to how the province's health database system, called iPHIS, is tracking data and how the Ministry of Long-Term Care is tracking data. "We're fully prepared to take over more homes if necessary".

"What we saw yesterday is the worst of the worst, and let me be clear - we're looking at all options", Ford said. "We are fully prepared to pull licences, shut down facilities if necessary".

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