NDP leader urges Premier to call in military to help with COVID outbreak at Barrie long-term care home

A ninth resident has died

As the death toll climbs from a COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility in south Barrie, NDP leader Andrea Horwath tweeted Sunday afternoon that she was horrified to hear about the outbreak at Roberta Place.

“If I were premier today, I’d call in the Canadian Armed Forces and Red Cross, and I am asking @fordnation to do the same – – at Roberta Place and other homes in crisis,” Horwath said in her tweet.

In response, the press secretary for Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, responded in a tweet explaining the level of support being offered to Roberta Place.

“The Canadian Cross is already supporting Roberta Place, along with the Orillia Soldier’s Hospital, Jarlette, the local PHU, Royal Victoria Hospital, & Ontario Health,” said Krystle Caputo.

Caputo said the most recent data on the Roberta Place outbreak shows 57 positive residents, 43 positive staff, two positive essential visitors, and 9 residents have died. She added that four residents have been transferred to hospital.

The Ministry also tweeted a statement thanking those working to control the spread of the virus.

On Saturday, vaccinations had begun at the home for residents and staff.