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An investigation into the COVID-19 response in Ontario nursing homes has been launched

Last Updated Sep 16, 2020 at 8:23 am EDT

A health care worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) works with a resident on a balcony at the Laurier Manor in Ottawa, a long term care facility experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Ottawa's Mayor Jim Watson says he's ordered the people who run the city's nursing homes to find a way to let family members visit residents through windows again. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The province’s minister of long-term care says a commission into the COVID-19 response in Ontario nursing homes has begun its work.

The commission is tasked with investigating why nursing homes were hit so hard by the virus, and whether the province did enough to prevent and contain its spread.

While Merrilee Fullerton says the commission will hold public hearings, the commission itself says it has yet to make a decision on that.

To date, more than 1822 residents and eight staff have died in the province’s long-term care homes during the pandemic.

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