In a news conference at Queen’s Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and provincial cabinet ministers Christine Elliott (health) and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton (long-term care) provide an update on their government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. They are joined by Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.
They announce a $540-million investment to help protect long-term care homes from future outbreaks of COVID-19. From this amount, $405 million will be dedicated to operating pressures related to COVID-19, such as staffing supports, and purchasing additional supplies and PPE. The funding will also enable homes to hire over 150 new staff. The premier also announces that effective October 5, visitors to long-term care homes in areas that been hardest hit by COVID-19 will be restricted to staff and essential visitors only, which includes essential caregivers. (no interpretation)