Dec 23, 2020
By Christine Ross
There are renewed calls for help after a COVID-19 outbreak at Tendercare Living Centre in Scarborough. At least 21 residents have died including 10 since Sunday. 118 residents have been infected in addition to 47 staff, leaving few employees available to work.
Critics says the Ford government has not delivered on its promise to build an iron ring around long term care and many are calling for the military to move in and take control at Tendercare but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t commit.
“Deployments of the Canadians Armed Forces or the Red Cross is always done at the request of the provinces in question, we have worked extremely closely with the provincial health authorities, with public health and with everyone right across the country to continually offer our support, said Trudeau.
Ontario Long Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton was unavailable for comment but sent her deepest condolences to residents, their families and staff.
There are currently 161 outbreaks of COVID in the province’s long term care homes, 18 new deaths Wednesday bringing the total number of resident deaths 2,555 since the pandemic began.