In an effort to protect residents from COVID-19, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams is urging long-term care homes in the province to ban all but essential visitors into their facilities.
Long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing and hospices received a memo from Williams on Friday with the request.
Williams said that all visitors must continue to be “actively screened” to enter long-term care homes.
His call to limit visitors to essential-only was tweeted by Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.
Today, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams issued a memo to the LTC sector strongly recommending that homes only allow essential visitors to enter. We need to work together to keep our loved ones in long-term care homes safe. #onpoli #COVID19Ontario pic.twitter.com/Y86mzFAKgV— Merrilee Fullerton, MPP (@DrFullertonMPP) March 14, 2020
This follows a move by the provincial government on Wednesday that they were stepping up screening for visitors at long-term care facilities and enhancing the assessment of infections.