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Ontario announces new funding model for long-term care beds

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says it can’t be business as usual at long-term care homes in our province.

During his daily media conference, Ford announced details of the new $1.75-billion funding model to bring more long-term care beds in Ontario.

Ford says his government “inherited a broken system” and the last few months with COVID-19 have made that crystal clear.

He says the government hopes to build 30-thousand new long-term care beds in the next decade and he says air conditioning will be mandatory for new and renovated units.

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Ford says he expects thousands of new and updated beds will be in use by 2022.

As for current protocol at long-term care homes, up two people are now able to visit seniors in the homes for an outdoor visit, the two people won’t require COVID-19 tests but they will still be screened.

As of July 22nd, indoor visits will start again for visitors and essential caregivers with up two visitors at a time who will have to have tested negative for COVID-19.

The visits will be scheduled and those coming to the home must wear a surgical mask.

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