Third Barrie nursing home worker tests positive for COVID-19, no residents affected as region’s case count rises by four

Over 800 COVID-19 tests run at both long-term care homes

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) says a second employee of Woods Park Care Home in Barrie has tested positive for COVID-19, while residents thus far remain unaffected. No new cases reported at I.O.O.F. long-term care home in Barrie, after the health unit declared outbreaks at both.

The health unit announced Friday a second positive test result among employees at Woods Park Care Centre

The SMDHU’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Charles Gardner, confirmed the Woods Park Home employee’s positive test result during his regular Friday afternoon update. This came just days following his announcement of the first worker at the home testing positive. An employee at I.O.O.F. had also tested positive, prompting the health unit on Wednesday to declare an outbreak at both sites.

Dr. Gardners says there have been no instances of the disease among residents at either home, adding over 800 tests are being processed.

One employee has tested positive at I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellow & Rebekah Home) on Brooks St.

This news came as the SMDHU raised the region’s caseload by four to 237 people on Friday; 124 people have since recovered in our region, with recoveries outpacing active cases. The region’s death toll remains at 15.