By Staff The Canadian Press

Posted May 26, 2020 10:54 am

Updated May 26, 2020 10:56 am

1:59More Canadian soldiers become infected with COVID-19

WATCH ABOVE: A growing number of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are catching COVID-19, with troops assisting Ontario and Quebec long-term care homes that have major outbreaks of the virus. As Abigail Bimman reports, advocates are calling for troops to receive hazard pay and benefits.

OTTAWA – The Canadian Forces say 36 members working in long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec have now become sick with COVID-19.

That’s up from 28 cases of the novel coronavirus among those troops less than a week ago.

The military has been deployed to nursing homes in the two provinces to reinforce workers overwhelmed by the illness, unable to keep up with residents’ needs because of all the protective measures they need to take, or off work because they’re ill themselves.

Much of their work is tasks such as food service and moving and maintaining equipment, with some medical staff also serving in the homes.