A west-end councillor has written to the premier, asking that a long-term care home in her ward, hit hard by COVID-19, be examined by the province's long-term care COVID-19 commission.
Bay Ward Councillor Theresa Kavanagh posted online a copy of a letter she wrote to Premier Doug Ford, asking for Carlingview Manor to be specifically examined.
"Since the state of emergency was declared back in March, I have received correspondence from family members and concerned citizens pleading with me to keep pushing for immediate change in the management of Carlingview Manor," Kavanagh wrote in her letter to the premier. "I have heard about non-infected people being left in ward rooms beside patients infected with COVID-19 and patients left in soiled clothing for hours because of severe staffing shortages."
Carlingview Manor had more than 250 cases of COVID-19, among staff and residents, and 60 residents died during the home's outbreak, between April 7 and June 18.
While the home was hit hard by the virus, Kavanagh says her concerns pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It is clear from what happened at Carlingview Manor and other privately-operated facilities that there is a need for proper governance, organization, clear standards, a principled approach that reflects the values and priorities of Ontarians and that supports equity and compassion," Kavanagh wrote.
Kavanagh's request is for Carlingview Manor to be specifically examined by Ontario's long-term care COVID-19 commission, and that the examination of the home include complaints from residents and families from before the pandemic.