Coronavirus: 5 outbreaks at long-term care, retirement homes in Simcoe Muskoka

There are now coronavirus outbreaks at four long-term care facilities and at one retirement home in the Simcoe Muskoka region.

The most recent outbreak reported by the local health unit is at the Bayview Retirement Home in Waubaushene, Ont., where one staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Dr. Charles Gardner, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s medical officer of health.

“I have no doubt that this virus is freely circulating in all of our communities, including Waubaushene,” Gardner said at a telepress conference Wednesday.

“One is most likely to acquire the infection from the community, even if you’re a health-care worker.”

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Owen Hill Care Community in Barrie, Ont., which is owned by Sienna Senior Living, now has 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 —  four in staff and seven in residents.

Another Sienna Senior Living long-term care facility, Bradford Valley Care Community in Bradford, Ont., has 45 cases of the novel coronavirus — 34 in residents and 11 in staff members. Seven of the residents at the facility have died.

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