Ontario’s top doctor urges long-term care homes to ban all but essential visitors during COVID-19 pandemic

The province is trying to maintain the safety of its most vulnerable residents

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.

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.