Ontario's Long-Term Care Homes Are Starting To Run Out Of Body Bag

LTC homes don't have enough body bags to compensate for the COVID-19 crisis.
Toronto Staff Writer
Ontario Long-Term Care Homes Are Facing A Body Bag Shortage

The spread of COVID-19 is proving to be a difficult time for the province. As of Wednesday morning, 153 deaths have been reported throughout Ontario. As the number of deaths continues to rise, Ontario long-term care homes are now reporting that they are running out of body bags for their deceased residents. 

Advantage Ontario, a non-profit organization, updated its members in a newsletter on Tuesday informing them of a shortage of cadavers pouches in LTC homes, according to the Toronto Star

“We have heard from some LTC homes that they do not have enough body bags to sustain their current needs,” the bulletin said, according to publication.

“The funeral service sector has said that they will provide them if the home does not have one available when it is required."

As dire as the situation may seem, Lisa Levin, Advantage Ontario’s CEO, did stress that shortage wasn’t a cause for panic.

However, she did say that lack of essential medical supplies is likely to become a “new reality” of the global pandemic.

“You also have to put in place the proper infection control measures because we don’t know after someone is deceased if they can transmit the virus still,” Levin told the newspaper.

According to the London Free Press, over 70,000 Ontarians currently live in LTC homes in the province.

Adults over the age of 65 are significantly more at risk of being hospitalized or die from the virus, which causes respiratory infections.

As of April 8, there have been 69 death related to COVID-19 in LTC homes with a total of 850 reported cases.

Pinecrest nursing home, a private facility in the town of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, has seen almost half its residents test positive for COVID-19. 

The Guardian reported that 24 members of its staff have also tested positive, with many more of its residents presumed to have the deadly virus.

“What we’re seeing happening to our seniors and in our long-term care homes is hard to process, it’s hard to comprehend, and it’s hard to deal with,” the Ontario premier, Doug Ford, told reporters.

Currently, Ontario has 4,726 cases of COVID-19 across the province, with 1,802 of those cases resolved and 153 deaths. 

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