Oshawa MPP Jennifer French is calling on the province for a public inquiry into two of Durham’s long-term care and retirement homes that seen necessary COVID-19 outbreaks.
In a modern letter to Premier Doug Ford, French asked for the province to make stronger Durham Regional Council’s modern call for an investigation into Sunnycrest Nursing Dwelling in Whitby and ThorntonView Long Interval of time Care Dwelling in Oshawa.
A plague changed into declared at Sunnycrest Nursing Dwelling on Nov. 23, 2020. In total, there had been 195 COVID-19 cases wherein 30 residents died.
The outbreak at ThorntonView Long Interval of time Care Dwelling began on Nov. 28, 2020 and seen a total 152 cases wherein 18 residents died.
“The fact faced by cherished ones in long term care, their caregivers and their households has been notably distressing and in total tragic,” she writes, adding she changed into proud in yell to work alongside surviving family who had been grieving while advocating for alternate within the wake of the substandard lack of Orchard Villa Retirement Community in Pickering.
Orchard Villa changed into the foremost long term care house in Durham to switch wanting for a serious outbreak within the foremost wave of the pandemic in spring of 2020. The outbreak began on March 31, 2020 and lasted till June 11, 2020. In total, there had been 306 cases and 71 deaths.
“Unfortunately, as Ontarians occupy viewed across their house communities, situations savor Orchard Villa are unfolding each and daily,” she continues. “Households are being devastated each and daily. Susceptible cherished ones are struggling each and daily.”
French says it is “beyond disappointing” that an inquiry changed into now not called within the route of the foremost wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It has been very upsetting to switch wanting for that lessons weren’t learned, supports weren’t assign into situation and our most prone occupy now not been protected.”
Speaking with The Oshawa Train, French says households of cherished ones are desperate for solutions.
“Households and communities are distraught that things weren’t assign in situation, supports weren’t assign in situation, staffing levels weren’t improved – your total recommendations from the foremost wave that might possibly well even had been implemented as we headed into this unfortunate subsequent chapter,” she says. “Of us are loss of life, persons are struggling, and households are beside themselves.”
French says the province relied too noteworthy on the vaccine as the “strategy” when it got here to retaining seniors.
Whereas she says it’s principal to be obvious the vaccine continues to be distributed and administered, she notes that might possibly well’t be the only thought.
“The calls for extra staffing, the calls for investment in practicing, in illness protocols… we haven’t been doing that.”
She notes households are “jumpy,” notably with the extra quick-spreading variants that are starting to dawdle into.
“We don’t know what we’re headed into, nevertheless we attain must be ready. We are in a position to also quiet be ready,” says French. “You don’t desire to lose anyone you treasure, nevertheless if or now not it is essential to lose them, you don’t desire to lose them in a fashion that persons are loss of life on this pandemic. It’s now not a nice method to die – isolated, alone and in inconvenience and along with your total other items of desperation, or starvation, or dehydration. It’s unthinkable what we’re subjecting our cherished ones to.”