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Family stories lead to revelation: 31 deaths inside care home

On Tuesday, Front Burner learned that Ontario’s Orchard Villa long term care home has one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the country — 31 residents have been killed by the virus. We spoke to family members who say the sick weren’t segregated, and that they were left in the dark about what was happening inside.
Orchard Villa, a long-term care home in Pickering, is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has caused 31 deaths. An additional 145 residents and staff have also tested positive. (Angelina King/CBC)

On Tuesday, Front Burner learned that Ontario's Orchard Villa long term care home has one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the country — 31 residents have been killed by the virus. We spoke to family members who say the sick weren't segregated, and that they were left in the dark about what was happening inside. 

Advocates say there are serious systemic problems in Canada's long term care facilities, and that this pandemic is exposing the deadly consequences of allowing those problems to fester for years.

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