Bracebridge long-term care home staffer test positive for COVID-19, five more cases confirmed by local health unit

Three more cases in Barrie since Friday's update from the SMDHU

A long-term care home in Bracebridge is taking steps after one of its staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

The District of Muskoka says it was advised by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) on Sunday one of the staff members from the Pines Long-term Care home in Bracebridge has tested positive for the disease. They’re recovering from home with mild symptoms and is self-isolating for 14 days.

An outbreak has subsequently been declared at the facility.

“For this reason, steps are being taken at the Pines which includes completing an outbreak assessment and testing all residents and staff,” said Norm Barrette, Commissioner of Health Services. “For the time being, it is necessary to suspend all resident visits until the results of the resident and staff testing are received. The outcome of this week’s testing will be provided as soon as available.”

The SMDHU confirmed a case of COVID in Bracebridge on Monday, along with five others; three cases were reported in Barrie since Friday’s update from the SMDHU, with one case each in Georgian Bay and Huntsville.

Province-wide, there were 114 cases announced by Public Health Ontario on Monday, up two from Sunday.