The Ministry of Long-Term Care in Ontario, Canada has appointed local hospitals for temporary management of two long-term care homes over 90 days, which may be extended based on requirement.

Southlake Regional Health Centre has been ordered to manage River Glen Haven Nursing Home in Sutton while Humber River Hospital will temporarily manage Downsview Long Term Care in North York.

The appointments come as these homes have been unable to control the Covid-19 spread even with hospital support for weeks. The government expects that the hospitals will help contain the disease and restore normal operations at these homes.

Southlake Regional Health Centre president and CEO Arden Krystal said: “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 organisations.

“We are committed to working collaboratively with the residents, staff and families at River Glen Haven during this difficult time.”

Hospitals will deploy Infection Prevention and Control teams to care homes, while aiding continued staff and resident testing.

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In addition, the hospitals will cater to personal protective equipment supply issues and redeploy their staff to address staffing shortages in long-term care homes.

Minister of Long-Term Care Dr Merrilee Fullerton said: “Our government is using every tool available to keep Ontarians safe, especially our most vulnerable people during this unprecedented time.

“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.”

Ontario has completed testing of long-term care residents and staff for Covid-19, with additional rounds to be conducted in the coming days and weeks.