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  • Ontario Takes Additional Steps to Protect Seniors in Retirement Homes during COVID-19

    Ontario Takes Additional Steps to Protect Seniors in Retirement Homes during COVID-19

    Province Makes Regulatory Amendments in Response to Pandemic

    TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government made amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 regulation, enabling the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) to better support seniors living in retirement homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. The regulation change increases the emergency payment the RHRA can pay to eligible retirement home residents from $2,000 to $3,500. In the event of an emergency, such as an outbreak, this funding can be used to support residents to cover costs for transportation, alternative accommodation or temporary care. The regulation change also requires retirement homes to report infectious disease outbreaks to the RHRA during COVID-19 and beyond.  

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  • Ontario Opens Up COVID-19 Testing Across the Province

    Ontario Opens Up COVID-19 Testing Across the Province

    Strategy Expands Testing for General Public, Frontline Workers, First Responders and Workplaces

    TORONTO — As the province carefully and gradually reopens the economy, the Ontario government is implementing the next phase of its COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus. Testing will now be available to more people in more locations across the province.

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  • Ontario Takes Further Action to Protect Seniors and Staff in Long-Term Care Homes during COVID-19 Outbreak

    Ontario Takes Further Action to Protect Seniors and Staff in Long-Term Care Homes during COVID-19 Outbreak

    Mandate of Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table Extended

    TORONTO — To further protect seniors and staff in long-term care homes, the Ontario government announced today that it is extending the mandate of the Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table. This table is composed of health care professionals who make immediate decisions to deal with issues related to staffing levels, infection management and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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