A look at Ontario’s long-term care homes and their residents amid COVID-19


TORONTO — Ontario’s nursing homes have seen a rash of COVID-19 cases and deaths. A look at the province’s long-term care homes and their residents. All numbers are latest available as of 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 17:


Homes: 626

With outbreaks of COVID-19: At least 106

Deaths from COVID-19: At least 216

Employees: 80,000

Long-stay beds: 77,000

New (since 2000): 236 (34,239 beds)

Meeting only 1972 standards: 219 (23,302 beds)

Homes with fewer than 96 beds: 40 per cent

Homes with staffing shortages: At least 80 per cent

Public cost: $4.2 billion


Age: More than half 85 years or older; approximately one in six is under 75

Average length of stay: Under 2.5 years

With cognitive deficits: 90 per cent

With dementia: About 70 per cent

Needing intensive hands-on care: 86 per cent

On 10 or more drugs: More than 60 per cent.

SOURCE: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Ontario Long Term Care Association; Integrated Public Health Information System