Leading Death of Covid-19
BY: Ishrak Ahsan & Telha Chohan
All over Ontario, people have been quarantined for weeks in order to flatten the curve and save lives, for the majority of places it has been working. Health officials are now saying that some places in Ontario have reached their peak and the daily number of cases are slowly starting to decline. However, long-term care homes are still at high risk and are being closely monitored to prevent a wide-scale outbreak.
The health and safety of seniors have been an important issue since more and more seniors are being moved into long-term care homes. Both federal and provincial governments have let long-term care homes run understaffed with very little funding and support. It is no surprise that the sector that took the hardest hit in public health during this pandemic has been these homes where the most vulnerable people are at risk from the virus. Senior citizens have been among the highest infected rates across the province making up for the majority of the fatalities, 607 out of the 892 of the deceased victims were older than 79.
Currently, the province has taken steps to prioritize long-term care homes by restricting visits and issuing temporary orders to increase staffing and personal protective equipment to help these facilities respond to the outbreaks. Ontario has also introduced a $17 billion relief package in response to the COVID-19 and has set aside $243 million for long-term care homes. Testing in long-term care homes has greatly increased, and aggressive screening measures of residents and staff have been implemented. The government has introduced same-day delivery of supplies and equipment to these prioritized facilities to help essential workers tend to the residents and to ensure that the supplies are given to those most in need. This is all being done to help flatten the curve.