Deadly Roberta Place outbreak declared over after six weeks

71 people died in connection to outbreak since it was declared January 8

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has ended its outbreak declaration for the Barrie long-term care facility Roberta Place, after first declaring it January 8.

The virus claimed 70 lives among residents in the six weeks that followed the declaration, as well as the life of an essential caregiver. All the facility’s residents had contracted the virus, and were among the first to receive vaccinations from the health unit.

“As we continue to navigate COVID-19 and the challenges it presents, our commitment to our Residents, Family Members, Team Members and our community remains steadfast,” said David Jarlette, President of Roberta Place. “Protecting those we serve while supporting their comfort, safety and well-being continues to be our utmost priority, to which we hold ourselves accountable. We will continue to exercise every measure to support a safe and positive environment at Roberta Place, where all those we serve can achieve their highest potential and live a life of care, compassion, dignity and honour.”

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Over the course of the outbreak, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) was tasked with overseeing Roberta Place to stem the outbreak’s tide. “We believe strongly in the value of partnerships among healthcare partners, care providers and families, particularly in times of crisis,” said Carmine Stumpo, OSMH President and CEO. “Our condolences remain with those most impacted by the loss of life and we wish Roberta Place, its Residents and Staff, all the best for the future.”

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Roberta Place is the subject of at least one class-action lawsuit, a $50 million suit that was filed by the family of a resident of Roberta Place. The facility’s parent company has said it will fight this suit in court.