Fog around Covid-19 made thicker by new Ontario rules for handling deaths
Rosemary Frei | 11 May 2020
This is an earlier article and should help readers to understand what has happened in Ontario.
Alarming COVID-19 death statistics from seniors’ facilities continue to be in the spotlight in Ontario and elsewhere. However, all is not as it seems in the mainstream media reports of those statistics.
Procedures that came into effect in Ontario one month ago for dealing with deaths in long-term care homes (LTCHs) and hospitals are contributing to exaggeration of the numbers of COVID-19 deaths — and preventing the true causes of many of those deaths from ever being uncovered. . . .
One of the points I wasn’t clear about is that the law had been changed to allow for electronic death certificates. This is a huge change that allows for these sweeping changes which would otherwise be impossible in my opinion. You can compare the normal strict rules for handling death certificates in this 2010 training manual for RN’s.
. . . (Ontario’s Vital Statistics Act was altered sometime before April 6 to allow death-registration documents to be transmitted via fax or a ‘secure electronic method’ by coroners, funeral directors and division registrars (municipal clerks). The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the OCC then create electronic versions of the MCOD and the burial permit.)
I think those with legal experts should take a close look at all of these changes.