Ontario lays first COVID-19 charges against long-term care home in London

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Ontario's Ministry of Labour says it has laid the province's first COVID-19-related charges against a long-term care home in London, Ont.

A spokesperson for the ministry says three charges were laid against the Kensington Village long-term care home under the Occupational Health and Safety Act on Sept. 2.

The home is charged with failing to provide one or more written notices of occupational illness to a director; failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker or workers to protect their health or safety; and knowingly furnishing an inspector with false information.

The home did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The Ontario Nurses Association says it's pleased the charges were laid.

It says ministry inspectors visited the home more than 10 times between May and June 2020 and issued a number of orders related to hygiene, cleaning, social distance and training.

The association also noted that a registered nurse who worked at the home died of COVID-19 on May 11, 2020.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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