A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that Ontario’s for-profit nursing homes had worse outbreaks of COVID-19 and more deaths linked to the virus than their non-profit or public counterparts.
The paper looked at all 623 long-term care homes across the province from the end of March until May 20.
In all, more than 5,200 residents got sick during the study period, with more than a quarter dying from the coronavirus.
The study found that many for-profit homes are older and contain thousands of beds that barely meet 1972 design standards.
It suggests that for-profit, chain ownership of homes could be a key factor among the hardest hit facilities.
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