The NIA Long-Term Care COVID-19 Tracker Open Data Working Group collects information on confirmed and presumptive positive resident and staff cases and deaths related to COVID-19 in long-term care settings across Canada and particularly in Ontario. We are doing this, particularly in Ontario, to help front-line hospitals and long-term care providers, their Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Ontario Health Regions and Public Health Units collectively have a solid understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting both nursing and retirement homes and their corresponding hospitals across Ontario. This may enable and strengthen further front-line activities that can benefit those living and working across these settings.

This publicly accessible COVID-19 tracking map, built in collaboration with Empower Health, compiles the best available data from multiple sources including public health units, government reports, media, and information publicly posted by these homes and by what they share more directly with their residents, families, and staff. We cannot guarantee that all cases are laboratory confirmed. As a result, the numbers we report may be higher than those from other sources, including the Ontario Ministry of Health. The data are entered manually and updated on weekdays and thus could also be subject to under-reporting at other times as well. The number of resident and staff cases and deaths associated with any of Ontario's retirement and long-term care homes is provided as well as total counts for Canada and its other individual provinces and territories.

Some information about long-term care and retirement homes include information licensed under the Open Government Licence – Ontario.

Interpreting Maps and Institutional Level Data

At a National View – A National Summary and Provincial Summary is presented of resident and staff cases and deaths related to COVID-19 in long-term care settings. In some provinces and territories, specific notable cases will be highlighted with an appropriate pin and data specific to that home. In Ontario, all long-term care and retirement homes as well as publicly funded hospitals are listed. For specific homes and hospitals that are listed, they are symbolized with a pin. Pins featuring a ‘hospital’ symbol represent publicly funded hospitals. Pins featuring a ‘house’ symbol represent both nursing and retirement homes. Pins are further colour-coded to denote their COVID-19 history. All ‘black’ pins represent no known history of COVID-19 cases. All ‘red’ pins represent an ‘active outbreak’ situation of COVID-19 cases – with an outbreak being defined as one or more active resident/patient or staff cases. All ‘green’ pins represent a ‘resolved outbreak’ situation.

At the level of each institution the following is listed. Name, type of institution, address, and phone number. Individual staff, resident/patient and overall combined reported cases and deaths related to COVID-19. A time stamp always indicate when the data for that institution was last updated

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