Doug Ford's 95-year-old mother-in-law tests positive for COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's office confirms his 95-year-old mother-in-law -- who is in a long-term care home -- has tested positive for COVID-19.


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Ford choked back tears at his daily briefing Thursday as he discussed how family members are trying to communicate with care home residents during pandemic lockdowns.

He said his government has taken action to address the virus's spread in long-term care homes, including calling in the army at five facilities.

"We will leave no stone unturned in protecting our most vulnerable," he said.

Ford said Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People will build on and support the critical work that our frontline workers are doing. This plan aims to proect people living in high-risk settings, including homes serving those with developmental disabilities, shelters for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking, children's residential settings, and those residential settings supporting vulnerable Indigenous individuals and families.

He acknowledged the system can "do better" and "needs to be changed," but said his priority right now is protecting residents from the coronavirus.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly controibuted to this story.