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COVID-19 outbreak at Simcoe Manor quickly contained, only one infected

July 3, 2020   ·   0 Comments

The COVID-19 outbreak declared at Simcoe Manor last Sunday was contained quite fast as there were no other positive cases confirmed following extensive testing throughout the facility earlier this week.

The sole resident who tested positive did so when he was transported to the hospital with potential COVID-19 symptoms. He has remained in the hospital since and his health is improving.

Jane Sinclair, who manages Simcoe Manor for the County, said the decisive actions of the facility’s staff during their response to the outbreak helped to mitigate potential harm.

“Their dedicated response ultimately led to this positive outcome for our home,” she said.

Simcoe Manor will remain under outbreak protocols until they’re cleared by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Nearly one-fifth of Simcoe Muskoka’s cases have been associated with an institutional outbreak.

Meanwhile, New Tecumseth has seen a total of 76 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, 55 of which have recovered, while 20 were infected as of press time. The recovery rate sits at 72 percent.

A growing source of infection locally is at the workplace, with over half of new cases since June 15 attributed there.

Notably, over the same period, zero cases have been community-acquired; instead, the rest have been sourced from close contact with a person who later tested positive for COVID-19.

This means infections that occur while people are out and about in New Tecumseth have been non-existent for the past few weeks.

Simcoe Muskoka has seen roughly 600 cases in total, with over 500 now recovered and a total of 36 deaths, primarily occurring in seniors who are 80 years of age or older.

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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