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Reduction in annual long-term care inspections left residents vulnerable

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

A steep drop in comprehensive inspections at long-term care homes left gaps in knowledge about infection control and emergency preparedness leading up to the pandemic, the Ontario Long-term Care Commission said on Friday. The Commission recommended the Ministry of Long-term Care reintroduce annual Residents Quality Inspections for all long-term care homes as part of its second set of interim recommendations.

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Why would you leave a 104-year-old in a room with a COVID-positive person

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

An Ottawa woman is looking for answers after her 104-year-old mother was left in her room at Extendicare Starwood nursing home in Ottawa for 48 hours with a COVID-positive roommate. The following week, the 104-year-old tested positive for COVID-19.

Bias and lack of action setting the stage for a second disaster in long-term care: experts

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

The second wave of COVID-19 in Ontario long-term care homes could be worst than the first if urgent action isn’t taken, a leading geriatrician and the head of the Registered Nurses Association warned on Friday.

The other pandemic: The mental health toll on long-term care workers

Ottawa’s Extendicare Starwood COVID-19 outbreak the worst in the province

Blair Crawford, The Ottawa Citizen

Worst in the province with 80 active cases among residents and 26 among staff.