Saskatchewan asks ombudsman to probe COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care home

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REGINA, La. — The Saskatchewan government is asking the province's ombudsman to investigate what happened inside a long-term care home where 38 residents died during a COVID-19 outbreak.

Health and seniors minister Everett Hindley has written to the ombudsman's office requesting it author a report about infection control practices at the Extendicare Parkside home in Regina.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority and Extendicare entered into a co-management agreement to address the outbreak in the centre in early December.

More than 200 infections among staff and residents were reported at the 220-bed facility.

Hindley has asked ombudsman Mary McFadyen to investigate several issues, including how prepared the facility was for the virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 29, 2021

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