Temporary measures required to help contain COVID-19 outbreak
TORONTO —The Ministry of Long-Term Care has issued Mandatory Management Orders appointing local hospitals to temporarily manage two long-term care homes for 90 days. Southlake Regional Health Centre will temporarily manage River Glen Haven Nursing Home in Sutton and Humber River Hospital will temporarily manage Downsview Long Term Care in North York. The orders may be extended beyond the 90 days, if necessary.
Despite receiving hospital support for weeks, these homes have been unable to contain the spread of COVID-19. By taking these steps the government is enabling a rigorous management structure to help contain the spread of the disease and assist in returning these homes to normal operations.
“Our government is using every tool available to keep Ontarians safe, especially our most vulnerable people during this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “I am confident that the talented staff at these hospitals and long-term care homes will work together to contain COVID-19 and move beyond the crisis.”
The Ministry of Long-Term Care will continue to make decisions on which long-term care homes may require additional management support on a case-by-case basis. The province is working with its health partners in addressing challenges in the long-term care sector by involving hospitals in deploying Infection Prevention and Control teams to homes, continued staff and resident testing, addressing personal protective equipment supply issues, and redeploying hospital staff to help with critical staffing shortages in long-term care homes.
- A recent emergency order made on May 12, 2020 allows the Ministry of Long-Term Care to order alternative management to temporarily manage a long-term care home where at least one resident or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. A mandatory management order helps to address the outbreak and effectively protects our most vulnerable Ontarians from COVID-19.
- The government recently announced the launch of an independent, non-partisan commission into Ontario’s long-term care system beginning in September 2020. Over the next several months, the details of the commission will be finalized including the terms of reference, membership, leadership of the commission and reporting timelines.
- Testing of long-term care residents and staff for COVID-19 has been completed with additional rounds of testing to begin in the coming days and weeks.
- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
- The COVID-19 Action Plan: Long-Term Care Homes outlines the steps that the government is taking to protect residents and staff in long-term care homes.
- Emergency information and orders.
- Ontario Taking Action on Key Recommendations from Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System.
“Our government is doing everything possible to keep Ontarians safe, especially our most vulnerable. This order will allow for alternative management to restore River Glen Haven to normal operations and keep residents safe.”
“I want to thank Humber River Hospital for providing Downsview Long Term Care with the necessary expertise to try get this outbreak under control. Our government will not stop acting to keep Ontarians safe and we will not stop our fight against COVID-19.”
“At Southlake we have a responsibility to support the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. The opportunity to partner with our colleagues in the long-term care sector is a prime example of the benefit of increased collaboration between local healthcare organizations. We are committed to working collaboratively with the residents, staff and families at River Glen Haven during this difficult time.”
“Humber River Hospital in collaboration with the Ministry of Long-Term Care will continue to support Downsview Long Term Care Home with the goal of ensuring that the best possible care is provided to the residents.”