One additional COVID-19 death reported in London-Middlesex

25 Janvier, 2021, 01:45 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • U.K. variant of COVID-19 confirmed in massive outbreak at Barrie long-term care home

They say latest case was discovered in an individual who had close contact with a person who is also part of a COVID-19 outbreak at Bradford Valley Care Community.

A person infected with a highly-contagious coronavirus variant from the United Kingdom has been linked to a second long-term care home outbreak in the Simcoe-Muskoka public health region, officials said Sunday.

One of the several doctors volunteering at Roberta Place, Dr. Kelley Wright told CityNews earlier this week, she believes the province should be taking a larger role in coordinating efforts at LTC homes ravaged by the COVID-19 virus.

Health officials characterize the outbreak at Bradford Valley as "well under control" with six of 230 residents testing positive and three out of 260 staff members. They are also investigating all other contacts and connections including a curbside-only retail setting.

The discovery of B.1.1.7 and two other variants originating from South Africa and Brazil has prompted countries including Canada to require negative COVID-19 tests from incoming worldwide air passengers.

U.K. variant of COVID-19 confirmed in massive outbreak at Barrie long-term care home

On Saturday, officials revealed that genome sequencing had identified the B.1.1.7 variant in six swabs taken from Roberta Place Long-Term Care in Barrie.

Since Monday, January 18, there have been a total of 17 deaths linked to long-term care homes in London-Middlesex.

Dr. Andrea Moser, chief medical officer for Sienna Senior Living, which owns and operates the facility, said in a news release on Sunday that staff members at the home are working to contain the outbreak.

As of January 16, all residents of long-term care homes in Simcoe Muskoka have been offered their first dose of immunization against COVID-19, the health unit added.

According to the statement, the new variant is concerning as it is apparently known to transmit easily, further resulting "in much larger numbers of cases in a very rapid fashion".

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