County seeking partnerships to tackle Simcoe Manor COVID-19 outbreak

There have been four deaths among residents at the Beeton facility

With the number of deaths at four residents due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Simcoe Manor, the County of Simcoe is seeking more resources and assistance to combat the virus at the Beeton long-term care facility.

The County said it is working closely with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and local health care providers to secure additional resources. As well, the County is making arrangements to bring in extra staff to help with the care of residents.

“Since the start of the pandemic, the County has been doing everything within its power to secure the necessary supplies and resources to manage the additional protocols required to keep the Coronavirus out of our four County Long-Term Care homes,” said Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services. “The health and well-being of residents and staff has always been our number one priority, and given the severity of COVID-19, County staff have worked within the organization and with partners to ensure our high standards are maintained.”

There are 29 positive cases of the virus among the 124 residents at Simcoe Manor, and 19 active cases among staff.

Testing of staff and residents was completed on Oct. 2 and 5 respectively.

The County said Simcoe Manor employees have received assistance from redeployed staff and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services.