Province appoints RVH to temporarily manage County-run Simcoe Manor amid COVID-19 outbreak

Several residents at the Beeton facility who tested positive for the virus have died

The Ministry of Long-Term Care has issued a Mandatory Management Order appointing Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre to temporarily manage Simcoe Manor which is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

“Our government’s top priority is to keep Ontarians safe, especially our long-term care home residents who are most vulnerable,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “I thank the dedicated staff at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Simcoe Manor for working together to end the COVID-19 outbreaks.”

To date, 34 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and of those, four have died. There have been 20 positive tests among staff.

The province said RVH has been managing Simcoe Manor since Friday after the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit issued an order under the Health and Protection Act.

The hospital will manage the facility for three months.

Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services, told Simcoe County Council on Wednesday that RVH had deployed a “Rapid Response Team” to Simcoe Manor.

She said the hospital and health unit will be providing assistance in the following areas:

  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and workplace safety assessments
  • IPCA training, protocols, practices and audits
  • Comprehensive screening
  • Additional contracted cleaning services
  • Enhanced PPE inventory management, storage and supply processes
  • Further restricting visitation to compassionate visits only

The facility has 126 beds and all but two are in use.