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Possible privacy breach at Pickering long-term care home hard-hit by coronavirus

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Families who have lost loved ones at Orchard Villa are devastated after hearing of a possible breach of information at the home. The province said in a tweet over the weekend that individual health information may have been compromised.

A possible privacy breach has been reported at a Pickering long-term care home that’s been hard-hit by a novel coronavirus outbreak.

Long-term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said the possible breach is regarding “individual resident personal health info” at Orchard Villa long-term care.

A spokesperson for the home confirmed to Global News that an internal investigation was conducted, but further information regarding the breach wasn’t provided.

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“We can confirm there is a possibility of a privacy breach of personal health information,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have informed the privacy commissioner and an internal investigation has been conducted. We will not be commenting further at this time.”

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Orchard Villa has been particularly hard hit with an outbreak of COVID-19. According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 69 resident deaths at the 233-bed facility.

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Families are calling for an inquiry into Orchard Villa