Coronavirus: Feds approve Ontario’s request for military help at long-term care homes

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The federal government has approved Ontario’s request for military assistance at long-term care homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s public safety minister has announced.

“Long-term care is a unique vulnerability in this pandemic,” Bill Blair said in a tweet.

“We will continue working together as team Canada to defeat #COVID19.”

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On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford said his government would formally request assistance from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Armed Forces to help with coronavirus outbreaks in long-term care homes.

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Ford said they would first be deployed to five “priority homes.”

The additional personnel would provide staffing relief, as well as “[assistance] with operations, co-ordination, or medical care, logistics and general assistance to support the day-to-day operations.”

As of Thursday, there have been a total of 516 COVID-19-related deaths in long-term care homes in the province, with 2,189 confirmed cases among residents.

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In his daily press conference Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government would approve requests for military assistance for provinces,

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