Health Unit Fills Procedural Gaps in Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes

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London area public health officials are strengthening the COVID-19 response in long-term care homes and local retirement homes, targeting at least six for increased support as the front line of the fight against the pandemic is moving towards the sector.

As part of a major provincial campaign to contain coronavirus in Ontario retirement homes and over 600 long-term care facilities, the Middlesex-London Health Unit is testing residents and targeting support several outbreaks.

“We have now completed all tests at the highest risk facilities in London and Middlesex and will strive to extend them over the next two weeks,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health Chris Mackie said on Friday.

Twelve of the 26 deaths from COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County are related to retirement or long-term care homes. About a quarter of the 357 cases in the London area involve staff or residents in retirement or long-term care homes.

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