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News - Miscellaneous - 1 May 2020

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Miscellaneous: 1 May 2020
Forest Heights Revera LTC was negligent: grieving daughter

A Kitchener woman wants to join in on a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit against Revera Living, a company that runs hundreds of long-term care homes and retirement homes across Ontario, including Forest Heights Revera in Kitchener.

Tracy Rowley says after her mother tested positive, staff members only used curtains to seperate her mother from three other residents living in the same room.

"Her bed was right beside the bathroom, therefore those other three people in the room, who have families and loved ones, had to walk by my mother, who was a carrier of the virus, and could give this -- because there was no way there could be social distancing, because she was throwing up at times, therefore it was in the air."

Rowley says two more residents tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week after her mother.

"What if my mother was the one that gave it to those two other families? Unfortunately, Revera didn't have the space to quarantine those people right. And when they finally decided to send some to hospitals, it was too late... That was a great idea, but for families it was a very hard thing because how did they choose what people had the opportunity to leave the home? What people got that opportunity to have that maybe second chance?"

In a statement to 570 NEWS, Revera Living says:

"We are currently reviewing the class action lawsuit and will respond in due course, however, we will not let it distract us from our singular focus at this time, which is to prevent further illness and loss of life. Our homes regularly meet or exceed government standards, and we have been following government directives since the outset of the pandemic. We have also been working closely with government partners as the pandemic has progressed."

The current plaintiffs of the class action lawsuit are both Toronto men whose mothers got sick with COVID-19 at a Revera home, and later died.

You can read more about previous allegations against Forest Heights Revera here and here.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Aastha Shetty-Kitchener Today-570 News/Twitter/AA
 

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