Outbreaks ended at two Simcoe Muskoka long term care homes as region’s case count rises by seven

A seniors' home in Barrie and in Bradford given the all-clear for now

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has ended a declaration of outbreaks at two seniors’ homes.

Dr. Charles Garnder, Medical Officer of Health for the SMDHU, says outbreaks have ended at Woods Park Home in Barrie, and a Bradford West Gwillimbury group home that remained unnamed to protect the residents’ identities.

Meanwhile, three staff and one resident at Owen Hill in Barrie have tested positive for the disease as an outbreak continues there. Outbreaks have also previously been declared at Allandale Station Retirement Home, Owen Hill Care Community, and Whispering Pines Retirement in Barrie, along with Bradford Valley Care Community in Bradford, Bayview Retirement Home in Waubaushene, and Muskoka Traditions in Huntsville.

“At this point, nearly one-quarter of all of our 360 cases are related to institutional outbreaks. So 87 cases in total to date have been related to institutional outbreaks,” said Dr. Charles Garnder during his regular update to the media.

This comes as the SMDHU confirms an additional seven cases overall since yesterday, for a total case count fo 360. Of those, 184 people have since recovered. The region’s death toll remains at 25 people lost.