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Province relaxes visiting rules for long-term care
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 16, 2020
Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton announced loosened restrictions on visits to long-term-care homes. (iStock.com/yaom)

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Province relaxes visiting rules for long-term care

Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton announced loosened restrictions on visits to long-term-care homes. Effective immediately, up to two family members can visit a resident outside — without the need to prove a recent negative COVID-19 test. As of July 22, people will be able to visit indoors.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford announced a plan to open more long-term-care beds after the COVID-19 pandemic. The government will enrich the province’s funding formula to incentivize private-sector operators in the hopes of opening 30,000 more beds over the next decade. But, according to the Toronto Star, “no road map to that goal has been made public.”

TDSB says it might need to cut French

The Toronto District School Board is preparing for an academic year that might include a shorter school day and a cut to French education. A new planning document says meeting provincial COVID-19 guidelines could cost $250 million and would require 2,500 additional teachers. To make up the costs, the board could end the school day 48 minutes early and cut core French education entirely. The board will share its final model with the Ministry of Education in August.

Preliminary antibody research released in B.C.

Researchers in British Columbia have released the results of COVID-19 antibody testing — the first of its kind in Canada. The research on blood samples taken from people in the Greater Vancouver Area estimates that the province’s coronavirus caseload is likely eight times larger than the official case count. “Our findings indicate successful suppression of community transmission in B.C., but also substantial residual susceptibility,” the paper says. The findings have not yet been peer-reviewed.


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