Ontario Adding Additional Measures At Long-Term Care Homes

Tuesday December 28th, 2021

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The Ontario government is adding new temporary measures at long-term care homes that will go into effect at 12:01am on Thursday, December 30th, 2021.

Those measures are:

  • Access to long-term care homes by general visitors will be paused. Designated caregivers may continue to enter long-term care homes.
  • Day absences for all residents for social purposes will be paused.

“We know that long-term care residents face an increased risk of COVID-19. Given the high community infection rates we’re seeing with the Omicron variant, the time for more action is now,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “In addition to the steps we’ve already taken, these new temporary measures will help keep residents safe and help critical staff remain on the job.”

Earlier this month, the government put in place policies in long-term care homes designed to optimize safety for residents and staff, including the requirement that all general visitors need to be fully vaccinated to enter a home. The province is also requiring all staff caring for a resident with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 to wear a fit-tested, seal-checked N95 respirator.

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