One death at Simcoe Manor in Beeton amid a COVID-19 outbreak affecting 16 residents

Six staff also tested positive

One life has been lost due to COVID-19 at Simcoe Manor in Beeton. Test results are pending on whether there was a second.

The County of Simcoe, which oversees the long-term care home, confirms an 88-year-old resident succumbed to the disease over the weekend. Another person passed away at the facility, and tests are being run to see if COVID-19 is to blame.

This comes amid an outbreak of the virus at the home; as of Monday afternoon, there were 16 positive cases among residents of Simcoe Manor, while six staff have also contracted the virus.

“In addition to our ongoing precautions, we have placed all residents in the home under isolation precautions and they are all receiving individual tray service for all of their meals,” said Simcoe County’s Manager of Health and Emergency Services Jane Sinclair. “We have worked with our staff and our cohorting so that our staff are only working on single resident care units.”

“Our staff are not moving from one unit to the other, they are maintaining care on their specific unit,” she added.

The outbreak at the County-operated long-term care home comes despite vigorous testing. The county conducts testing every other week. As of September 16, everyone at the home was negative. “We have not determined the origin of this outbreak at this point in time, but I can tell you, there is active tracing underway at this point,” concluded Sinclair.

This is the facility’s second outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic.