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New outbreak reported at Simcoe Manor: County

January 8, 2021   ·   0 Comments

A New Year and, sadly, a new outbreak of COVID-19 at Beeton’s Simcoe Manor.

On Monday, Simcoe County, which operates the long-term care residence, reported a second staff case of the virus after the first case was announced the previous day.

Routine mass testing is expected to take place at the residence this Wednesday, January 6.

“Both staff members were identified through our weekly testing process at the home on December 30,” said the County in a statement on Monday. “Both also work full-time on the Tosorontio Unit. The Tosorontio Unit at Simcoe Manor continues to be in outbreak. All residents [of the unit] are in isolation, which includes all activities occurring in rooms and further PPE protocols for staff providing care/support. Residents on all other units are in quarantine, with meals still occurring in the dining area where enhanced infection control measures have been implemented.

“Simcoe Village is not placed in outbreak, but any shared amenities and areas are closed.”

A new outbreak is also being reported at Alliston’s Good Samaritan Retirement Lodge with one staff case, while a previously declared outbreak at Alliston’s Kingsmere Retirement Residence is now closed.

Just before the holiday break, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit began rolling out the first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, this time to a long-term care worker. Lori Black, a Barrie-based personal services worker received her first dose in Barrie on December 22. She was vaccinated at Simcoe Muskoka’s COVID-19 Immunization Clinic, which shares a building with, but separate space from, Royal Victoria’s COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre.

“The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is leading the historic and complex immunization roll out across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka,” said the SMDHU. “The vaccine will not be broadly available to the general public until sometime later in 2021 and it is expected it will take another six to nine months to immunize all Ontarians who opt to get the vaccine.”

Since the first vaccination on December 22, the SMDHU had administered 3,123 doses by January 5.

By the same day, New Tecumseth has seen 576 cases of COVID-19. 397 cases are now marked as recovered and there have been 15 deaths attributed to the virus.

33 cases amongst New Tecumseth residents were reported by the SMDHU between January 4 and 5.

By Brock Weir


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