Maples care home review finds gaps in pandemic planning, lack of urgency in calls for help

Maples care home review finds gaps in pandemic planning, lack of urgency in calls for help
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WINNIPEG —
A review of Manitoba’s largest and deadliest long-term care home outbreak has found more could’ve been done to prepare and respond to COVID-19.

The highly anticipated report went public Thursday as Maples care home continues to face scrutiny.

External reviewer Lynn Stevenson’s 74-page report found the care at Maples to be more than reasonable prior to the pandemic.

In early November, it went into crisis mode.

“It is a little bit like a bush fire,” said Stevenson. “Once it starts going, it really grabs hold.”

The report found a lack of urgency by Revera, the company that runs the place, to call for reinforcements.

It also identified gaps in pandemic planning at multiple levels.

“The pandemic plans, while they were very robust and…



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