Two more lives lost amid outbreak at Beeton long-term care home

31 residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19

The County of Simcoe has confirmed two more lives have been lost at Simcoe Manor as an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility continues.

The General Manager of Health and Emergency Services for the County of Simcoe, Jane Sinclair, confirmed Tuesday afternoon a 92-year-old woman and a 98-year-old man have died as a result of COVID-19. It was previously confirmed an 88-year-old man passed away due to the virus.

This comes as the number of residents who have tested positive for COVID at the facility reached 24; there were also seven staff members who tested positive at Simcoe Manor.

“All of our residents are under isolation precautions in their rooms, receiving a full tray service for all meals,” said Sinclair on Tuesday afternoon. “We have cohorted all of our staff so that they only work on individual units and have many additional PPE measures in place to ensure we quickly stop the spread of COVID from increasing any further.”

“We have not identified the original source of COVID at this point in time, I can tell you it’s actively underway,” she added. “The health unit is following up with every positive case, to do that tracing and working in collaboration with our own team. But we we have not identified the initial case in in this outbreak at this time.”