LTC association says they're not ready for second wave

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A long-term care association says its homes still have a severe staffing shortage and may not be ready for the second wave of the pandemic.

The Ontario Long-Term Care Association made the comments at the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission last month.

CEO Donna Duncan says the association warned the province in mid-September about its concerns for the second wave among its homes.

Nearly 19-hundred people in long-term care have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 71 homes are currently experiencing an outbreak.

Duncan says staffing shortages were one of the root causes that led to the deaths in the nursing homes in the spring.

She says the government must act now to help the homes deal with the staffing shortage.

She says one idea is to train those who have lost their jobs in the hospitality industry as personal support workers.