“And we fully acknowledge that more needs to be done. And with the commission’s final report to inform us, we’re going to move forward on these issues.”
Fullerton also teased an announcement expected later this week, coming in response to the vaccine-facilitated drop in COVID-19 infections, outbreaks, and death in LTC homes. The changes will improve resident quality-of-life and address their emotional well-being, according to Fullerton.
The minister did not directly address a number of questions posed during the media availability that followed her prepared remarks, including when people working in long-term care can expect better wages, and when she first learned that LTC residents were dying due to neglect.
According to the final report, the commission was told that residents experienced malnutrition and dehydration and that in some cases, residents died because there weren’t enough staff available to tend to their needs.
Asked whether she or the province will apologize for what happened in long-term care, Fullerton did not address the question specifically, but said: “I think collectively, as a society, we need to do some soul-searching and understand why, you know, it took a pandemic to address the capacity issues in long-term care, the staffing issues in long-term care.
“This thing, this virus, it has been collectively devastating, including for residents and staff and family members and everyone who’s been working around the clock to alleviate the pressures on long-term care. But we have to move forward. We have to move forward,” she said at one point during the media availability.
“And I came to politics because of long-term care, the neglect of this sector, and I came to fix it. Our government is fixing it. And we will move forward, understanding the insights and the recommendations from the commission.”
Ottawa Public Health reported 139 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Monday.
The province has elected to lower the age of eligibility for vaccination in 114 hot spots across Ontario. This week and next, the province said it’s looking to allocate 50 per cent of available vaccine doses to hot spots.
Meanwhile, Ottawans aged 18 and over living in Overbrook will be able to get vaccinated at a drop-in clinic that opens Tuesday and runs until Thursday.
Coun. Rawlson King tweeted Monday that no appointment will be required to receive a vaccine at the Overbrook Community Centre at 33 Quilll St. The clinic opens from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m, and 500 vaccines will be available each day, King said.
The Beer Store location on Merivale Road temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Their last shift was Saturday, May 1, and The Beer Store said it’s working in consultation with Ottawa Public Health, and sending “positive thoughts and best wishes” to their team member.
Potentially affected employees will self-isolate or symptom monitor, based on circumstances, and the store is being closed until Tuesday to allow for a COVID-19 cleaning protocol to be carried out.
The Beer Store said all employees working at this location were wearing face coverings, as per its mandatory employee mask policy for all stores.
QUEBEC COVID-19 NEWS
Quebec reported 798 new cases of COVID-19 Monday — the lowest one-day case count since March 24.
Two new deaths were reported, neither of which occurred over the previous 24 hours. While the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital rose by 14 in the last day, for a total of 588, those in ICU fell by six, for a total of 151.
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