More support for seniors

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said this Tuesday the province is partnering with the Ontario Community Support Association and providing $11 million for meals on wheels and other support programs to get food and medications to seniors and people with disabilities during the pandemic.

The premier also said payments from the province’s Guaranteed Annual Income System are being delivered this week, and Ontario is doubling payments for 194,000 low-income seniors across the province.

“This will provide much-needed financial support for the seniors who need it most.”

While new projections suggest the rate of infection across the province is in line with Ontario’s best-case scenario, the picture in long-term care facilities is much worse than hoped.

According to the figures the province released Tuesday, 121 outbreaks have been reported in long-term care homes, which marks an increase of seven from Monday’s report.

Some homes are dealing with large-scale outbreaks, like Seven Oaks in Scarborough, where 108 of the home’s 249 residents have tested positive and 29 have died. Twenty-four staff members have also tested positive.

Forest Heights Revera in Kitchener also has 103 positive resident cases, 41 staff cases, and 12 deaths.

In Pickering, Orchard Villa Retirement residence is now reporting 31 deaths among its long-term care residents, with 98 resident cases and 24 staff cases of the virus.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our residents and we extend our sincere condolences to their family and friends,” said acting executive director April Beckett in a statement.


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