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Ottawa, Apr 14 (Canadian-Media): Canada's politicians are baffled by the increase in COVID-19 illnesses and deaths within Canada's long-term care facilities and had left health care experts puzzled why action for these missed opportunities was taken earlier, media reports said.
Long-term care home. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
More than 150,000 elderly and frail people live in dedicated care centres across Canada, according to the Canadian Association for Long-Term Care with 40,000 residents in its 440 accredited homes in Quebec, while Ontario has 628 such facilities.
Data collected by the federal government of Canada revealed that close to half of all COVID-19 deaths of the total at 832 as of Monday have occurred in nursing homes.
Ontario's Premier Doug Ford described the 114 long-term care facilities in Ontario, afflicted with COVID-19 outbreaks as "wildfire," and promised to dispatch hospital-based teams to tackle the problem.
Quebec's Premier François Legault issued a desperate plea to health care workers to solve the critical situation of 41 long-term care homes with 1,250 staff are off work due to illness or potential exposure to the virus.
Outdated facility designs with not enough space, under-staffing issues which forced nurses to work in various facilities, lack of testing options and shortages of personal protective equipments are some of other the contributing factors.
Following the examples of Governments in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador where staff had been told that that they can only work at one facility during the crisis, Ontario announced Tuesday that it intends to enact a similar emergency rule.