COVID outbreak declared at Barrie’s Mill Creek Care Centre as health unit confirms two new local cases

100 cases added province-wide since yesterday

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a Barrie long-term care facility.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit declared the outbreak at Mill Creek Care Facility on Hurst Drive in Barrie’s south end. The Health Unit will declare an outbreak at any long-term care home if even one positive test result is discovered among residents or staff. The Health Unit confirmed on Tuesday that a Barrie woman between the ages of 35 and 44 contracted the virus through an institutional outbreak.

“No cases are known to be among the residents,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner. “At this time, it is affecting the second floor, so we’re testing all of the residents of the second floor and all the staff at the entire facility.”

“We’ve otherwise put in place standard control measures to prevent transmission through the facility,” he added.

The Health Unit also confirmed a Barrie girl under the age of 17 tested positive for COVID. With the addition of these two cases, the local case count stands at 688.

Meanwhile, Public Health Ontario confirmed 100 cases of COVID were added to the province-wide tally since yesterday’s update. There were two deaths confirmed by Ontario health officials, bringing the provincial death toll to 2,800. Seventy-five people have been listed as recovered since Monday’s update.