Feb 02, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Long-term care visitor restrictions in Ontario are under review according to the new minister in charge.

Paul Calandra says he’s reviewing the rules that took effect in late December to protect residents against the infectious Omicron variant and will have an update in the next few days.

His comments come as public health rules on social gatherings and businesses started lifting for the rest of the province this week.

Currently, homes won’t accept general visitors or let residents leave for social trips as more than half of the province’s homes deal with outbreaks.

Meanwhile , the province has launched a new Long-Term Care Homefinder website and search tool to help prospective residents and their families find and compare nursing homes.

“And this is just the first phase of the website’s roll out, future phases will have more features based on user feedback, said Minister Calandra.

The site will include information about waitlists, staff vaccination rates, COVID-19 outbreaks and inspection reports.

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