Operator of Roberta Place suspends essential visits at their LTC homes in Ontario

Outbreak at Barrie facility has killed 69 residents

Jarlette Health Services, which owns Roberta Place long-term care home in Barrie, has suspended essential visits at all of their 14 long-term care facilities in Ontario in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Spokesperson Stephanie Barber said that while essential visits have been suspended, exceptions will continue to be made for compassionate end-of-life care.

The outbreak at Roberta Place has been linked to a more infectious variant of the virus that was first detected in the U.K. As of Saturday, all 129 residents have been infected with COVID-19, as well as 105 staff, and 69 residents have died.

Roberta Place noted the current tally shows there are still 14 active staff cases and no active resident cases.

The outbreak was declared Jan. 8.

The action taken by Jarlette comes days after families of residents proposed a class-action lawsuit against the home last week.

The unproven statement of claim filed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice alleges Roberta Place failed to take basic precautionary measures to protect against COVID-19.