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04.17.20

Ontario Observes Moment of Silence for Healthcare Workers

The Society of United Professional (SUP/IFPTE Local 160) paused for a moment of silence on April 17 at 11 am to recognize a hospital worker who died of COVID-19 at William Osler Health Centre and the nearly 1000 healthcare workers who have contracted the virus in Ontario.

Tens of thousands of long-term care and hospital workers stood silently in their workplace for a minute of silence. The initiative was spearheaded by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to recognize the contributions made by healthcare workers and the risks they are exposed to as workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. Healthcare staff make up about 11 percent of all reported COVID-19 cases in the province, but make up only about 3 percent of Ontario’s population overall.

Unions are calling on all levels of government to do more to protect workers in healthcare from COVID-19 infection.

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