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COVID-19 Positive Cases at Simcoe Manor

 


Update - October 30 (7:20 p.m.)

Our status and case numbers remain stable with no new cases reported at Simcoe Manor since the October 16 mass testing. All resident cases currently in the home have been resolved, with one outstanding active positive resident receiving care in the hospital. ​ Staff continue to receive clearance from the Health Unit and RVH to return to work. 

S​imcoe Manor status updateAs of 
Oct. 30
Change from Oct. 29​
Total # of residents who've tested positive for COVID-19 
40
0
Total # of resolved resident cases*
29
0
Total # of COVID-related deaths10
0
 
  
Total # of staff who've tested positive for​​ COVID-19
280​
Total # of resolved staff cases*
23
+6

*Definition: Cases that are 14 days past symptom onset (if available) or 14 days past the episode date are classified as resolved for non-fatal cases that are not currently hospitalized. These cases are considered resolved AND not contagious (cannot transfer infection to others).​​



​Update - October 29 (6:00​ p.m.)

S​imcoe Manor status updateAs of 
Oct. 29
Change from Oct. 28
Total # of residents who've tested positive for COVID-19 
40
0
Total # of resolved resident cases*
29
+3
Total # of COVID-related deaths10
+1
 
  
Total # of staff who've tested positive for COVID-19
280
Total # of resolved staff cases*
17
+6

The County has had no new cases reported at Simcoe Manor since the October 16 mass testing, and as of today, ALL resident cases currently in the home have been resolved with one outstanding active positive resident ​currently receiving care in the hospital.

*Definition: Cases that are 14 days past symptom onset (if available) or 14 days past the episode date are classified as resolved for non-fatal cases that are not currently hospitalized. These cases are considered resolved AND not contagious (cannot transfer infection to others).​​

Update - October 28 (6:30​ p.m.)


Simcoe Manor status updateAs of 
Oct. 28
Change from Oct. 27​
Total # of residents who've tested positive for COVID-19 
40
0
Total # of resolved resident cases*
260
Total # of COVID-related deaths90
 
  
Total # of staff who've tested positive for COVID-19
280
Total # of resolved staff cases*
110

*Definition: Cases that are 14 days past symptom onset (if available) or 14 days past the episode date are classified as resolved for non-fatal cases that are not currently hospitalized. These cases are considered resolved AND not contagious (cannot transfer infection to others).​​

​​Update - October 27 (7:30​ p.m.)


Simcoe Manor status updateAs of 
Oct. 27
Change from Oct. 26
Total # of residents who've tested positive for COVID-19 
40
0
Total # of resolved resident cases*
260
Total # of COVID-related deaths90
 
  
Total # of staff who've tested positive for COVID-19
280
Total # of resolved staff cases*
110

*Definition: Cases that are 14 days past symptom onset (if available) or 14 days past the episode date are classified as resolved for non-fatal cases that are not currently hospitalized. These cases are considered resolved AND not contagious (cannot transfer infection to others).​​

Update - October 26 (5:50 p.m.)

Simcoe Manor status updateAs of
Oct. 26
Change from Oct. 25
Total # of residents who've tested positive for COVID-19
40
0
Total # of resolved resident cases*
262
Total # of COVID-related deaths 90
 
  
Total # of staff who've tested positive for COVID-19
280
Total # of resolved staff cases*
110


​​Update - October 25 (6:45 p.m.)

Residents:
- ​To-date, 40 residents have tested positive for COVID-19
- Sadly, 9 residents have unfortunately passed away
- As of today (October 25), RVH and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) have deemed that 24 of the positive COVID-19 residents are no longer require isolation, leaving 7 active resident cases

Staff:
​- To-date, 28 staff at Simcoe Manor have been confirmed as COVID-19-positive
- We have one (1) staff member with a test result that is unclear and Public Health is undertaking further investigation​

We continue to work with RVH to implement enhanced measures and protocols to protect the home. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this outbreak. 


Update - October 24 (6:15 p.m.)

​Our case count continues to remain stable with 40 residents and 28 staff at Simcoe Manor confirmed as COVID-19-positive. Our last positive cases were reported to us by the Health Unit on October 17 and date back to facility-wide testing that occurred on October 15 and 16. Nine (9) COVID-19 positive residents have unfortunately passed away since the outbreak was declared.​

Update - October 23 (7:40 p.m.)

​Our case count continues to remain stable with 40 residents and 28 staff at Simcoe Manor confirmed as COVID-19-positive. Our last positive cases were reported to us by the Health Unit on October 17 and date back to facility-wide testing that occurred on October 15 and 16. 18 of our COVID-19 positive residents are asymptomatic, with no related symptoms​. Unfortunately, two residents, who were also COVID-positive, passed away last night, bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths to nine. Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies are with all those impacted.

Update - October 22 (5:25 p.m.)

​Our case count continues to remain stable with 40 residents and 28 staff at Simcoe Manor confirmed as COVID-19-positive. Our last positive cases were reported to us by the Health Unit on October 17 and date back to facility-wide testing that occurred on October 15 and 16. 18 of our COVID-19 positive residents are asymptomatic, with no related symptoms​.

Update - October 21 (7:30 p.m.)

As of today, our case count remains stable with 40 residents and 28 staff at Simcoe Manor confirmed as COVID-19-positive. Our last positive cases were reported to us by the Health Unit on Saturday evening and date back to facility-wide testing that occurred on October 15 and 16. 18 of our COVID-19 positive residents are asymptomatic, with no related symptoms.​​​​

Update - October 20 (5:30 p.m.)

Our case count remained stable with 40 residents and 28 staff at Simcoe Manor confirmed as COVID-19-positive. Our last positive cases were reported to us by the Health Unit on Saturday evening and date back to facility-wide testing that occurred on October 15 and 16​. 18 of our COVID-19 positive residents are asymptomatic, with no related symptoms. 


Update - October 19 (5:15 p.m.)

 

We continue to see the impact of this virus on long term care homes and other congregate healthcare institutions across the province. In recent days, three (3) Toronto hospitals have reported outbreaks, including Toronto Western Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre and the Queen Street site of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. This is a reminder that everyone needs to follow public health guidelines as closely as we can, both at work and in our personal lives, to protect ou​r most vulnerable residents. Reducing community transmission is essential to preventing and minimizing outbreaks in long-term care homes.

We continue to monitor tracing and engage the Health Unit and the Province regarding timing issues in returning test results and prioritizing test results from long-term care and seniors services facilities.

Case Update (October 19):

As of today, 40 of Simcoe Manor's residents and 28 staff have been confirmed as COVID-19-positive. 18 of the positive COVID-19 resident cases are asymptomatic. We are saddened to share that one of our COVID-positive residents passed away this morning (October 19), bringing our total COVID-19-related resident deaths to seven (7). Our thoughts and sympathies continue to be with everyone impacted, and our condolences are with those who have lost loved ones.

​​

Update - October 18 (5:30 p.m.)​


 
As of today, 40 of Simcoe Manor’s residents and 28 staff have been confirmed as COVID-19-positive. We have sadly lost six (6) residents with COVID-19 positive test results during the outbreak. Our thoughts and sympathies continue to be with everyone impacted, and our condolences are with those who have lost loved ones.

We are working with public health to ensure that we are receiving results from staff and resident testing as quickly as possible, so that we can take the necessary precautions to eradicate the virus in our home. This is also a reminder that we must continue to follow all PPE guidelines, including those outlined below, as PPE remains our best tool in the fight against this virus.


Update - October 17 (5:30 p.m.)​

As of today, 38 of Simcoe Manor’s residents and 26 staff have been confirmed as COVID-19-positive. Four (4) new staff received positive results yesterday, dating back to our rapid testing on October 15. We have sadly lost six (6) residents with COVID-19 positive test results during the outbreak. Our thoughts and sympathies continue to be with everyone impacted, and our condolences are with those who have lost loved ones.


Update - October 16 (3:30 p.m.)​

Analysis of Test Results: Upon detailed analysis of our positive cases, the vast majority of our staff and resident cases occurred on or before the mass testing dates at the beginning of the outbreak as test results were received over the next week due to a province-wide increase in test demand.

We have identified that 29 of our total positive resident cases were either confirmed or completed during our October 2 facility-wide testing. Seven (7) of the eight (8) additional positive resident tests occurred with re-testing residents who became symptomatic within a short period after October 2.

Similarly, 19 of our 22 positive staff test results occurred prior to or as part of the mandatory testing on October 5th. This demonstrates the silent nature of this virus and how quickly it spread within the home. In collaboration with public health, we are investigating and analyzing this data further; however, the quick actions taken, including immediate quarantine of all residents, cohorting of staff as able, increased PPE protocols, cancellation of visits and additional support from the team at RVH appear to have helped reduce the spread further in our home. We are grateful to our staff and healthcare partners, for their dedication and diligence as we continue to work to stop the spread and protect the home.

Case Update – October 16: As of today, 38 of Simcoe Manor's residents and 22 staff have been confirmed as COVID-19-positive. We are saddened to share that one of our COVID-positive residents passed away last evening, bringing​ the total COVID-19-related resident deaths to six (6). Our thoughts and sympathies continue to be with all impacted.

Testing Update:  As an additional precautionary measure, Simcoe Manor residents who are currently COVID-19 negative were tested today (October 16). Staff at Simcoe Manor were tested yesterday (October 15), and we await the results from Public Health. This is being done in an effort to further stop the spread and identify any possible further asymptomatic cases. We are now utilizing RVH's rapid testing system to access results. 


Update - October 15 (4:30 p.m.)​

 

The case count at Simcoe Manor has remained stable over the past 24 hours. We are still reporting 37 of Simcoe Manor’s residents and 22 staff as COVID-19-positive, and five COVID-19-related deaths. Our thoughts and best wishes continue to be with everyone impacted. 

​Update - October 14 (11 p.m.)​

To-date, 37 of Simcoe Manor’s residents and 22 staff have tested positive for COVID-19. Tragically, another resident who was COVID-19 positive passed away on October 13, bringing the total to five COVID-positive resident deaths related to this current outbreak.

Our thoughts continue to be with everyone impacted by this outbreak and we are thankful for the support of our partners ​at RVH for assisting in further protecting our home. 

​​

Update - October 13, 2020 (2:15 p.m.)

​As a serious COVID-19 outbreak continues at the Simcoe Manor long-term care home in Beeton, the County of Simcoe is partnering with Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) to further ensure the safety of the home’s residents and staff. 

To-date, 34 of Simcoe Manor's residents and 20 staff have tested positive for COVID-19. Tragically, four COVID-positive residents of the home have died. Residents are being tested routinely and all who test positive are safely quarantining in their rooms while being closely monitored by staff; employees who have tested positive are self-isolating and monitored by public health.

Earlier today, the Ministry of Long-Term Care issued a Mandatory Management Order appointing RVH to temporarily manage Simcoe Manor for 90 days. This follows last Friday's order by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit directing RVH to oversee infection control response to the outbreak which was declared October 2nd. The County of Simcoe, which operates the home, will continue to provide day-to-day care to the home's residents. Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston also continues to provide support. 

For more details, view our new release issued Tuesday, October 13.

Update - October 10, 2020 (4:55 p.m.)

County of Simcoe staff continue to do everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 at Simcoe Manor and protect residents. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit has confirmed 30 positive resident cases and 19 positive staff cases to-date. We are also saddened to report that four COVID-positive residents have unfortunately passed away. We can confirm that the resident who passed away on October 7, while receiving palliative care treatment, had a negative test result. Currently, 17 of the active resident positive cases are asymptomatic, exhibiting none of the associated symptoms.​​

Our thoughts continue to be with everyone impacted by this outbreak. View our news release​ issued Friday, October 9 for further details. ​


Update - October 9, 2020 (5:30 p.m.)

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit continues to return our facility-wide resident test results. As of today, we have 29 confirmed COVID-19 positive resident cases, with 25 still active. 18 of the resident COVID-19 positive cases are asymptomatic. One (1) resident test result is pending and the balance have been returned as negative. 19 of our staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, and we continue to monitor for the remaining staff test results. To-date, of the 145 tests completed via mass testing, 122 negative staff results have been returned.  

 

As noted yesterday, the County is saddened to report that four (4) residents have now passed away with confirmed COVID-19 positive cases. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family members and friends of those we have lost, and we continue to hope for the best possible outcome for all affected. 

The County is in regular contact with our residents, families and staff. Extensive safety measures (outlined in updates below) remain in place and the County is working with local and provincial health agencies to secure additional support and resources.

Extensive safety measures remain in place and the County continues to work with local and provincial health agencies. We are grateful to the families, local residents and staff who have shared their words of encouragement with all those working at Simcoe Manor to combat this terrible virus. 

For more information on our ongoing efforts, click here​.​

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Update - October 8, 2020 (12 p.m.)

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit continues to return our facility-wide resident test results. At this time, of the​ resident tests completed, the Health Unit has advised that 26 have been confirmed COVID-19 positive, four (4) results are pending, the balance of the resident tests have been returned as negative. This has not changed since October 7. So far, the outbreak has affected four (4) resident care units, with three (3) still having confirmed active cases.

We now have 16 COVID-positive cases among staff (nine (9) new) and are working closely with the Health Unit while we await further test results from facility-wide staff testing conducted on October 5. We are doing everything we can to support our staff, both with resourcing, supplies and wellness supports.

Our amazing and dedicated staff at the Manor, totaling more then 150, are doing everything they can to create a wall to stop the spread, and protect our residents in our home.

Today, the County is saddened to report that a fourth (4th) resident who had been confirmed positive with COVID-19 passed away yesterday evening (Oct 7). A second resident, who had tested negative for COVID-19 and was previously receiving palliative care, also sadly passed away yesterday. Our condolences are with the family members and friends of those we have lost, and we continue to hope for the best possible outcome for all affected.

The County is in regular contact with our residents, families and staff. Extensive safety measures (outlined in updates below) remain in place and the County is working with local and provincial health agencies to secure additional support and resources.

We are grateful to the families, local residents and staff who have shared their words of encouragement with all those working at Simcoe Manor to combat this terrible virus.

Our extensive precautions are included in the updates below, and we continue to enhance these protocols to stop further spread, includes additional PPE requirements for staff caring for residents who have tested positive.

We will get through this, together.

​​​​Update - October 7, 2020 (4:40 p.m.)

 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (Health Unit) continues to return our facility-wide resident test results. We have a total of 26 positive resident cases (23 active), with 18 being asymptomatic at this time. More than 90 of the resident tests were return​ed as negative. We remain at seven (7) confirmed positive cases among staff, to date. All staff were tested on October 5 and we continue to monitor for these results.

As reported on October 6, we have sadly lost three (3) residents who tested positi​ve for COVID-19 during the outbreak. Our condolences are with the family members and friends of those we have lost, and we continue to hope for the best possible outcome for all affected.

The Manor's amazing staff are doing all they can to create a wall to stop the spread in our home. Extensive safety measures (outlined in updates below) remain in place and the County is working with local and provincial health agencies to secure additional support and resources. 


Update - October 6, 2020 (5:40 p.m.)

 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (Health Unit) continues to return our facility-wide resident test results. As of this morning, we can confirm we have received a total of 24 positive resident cases. We have also received 94 resident tests confirmed as negative. Of the 24 positive resident test results, 17 of these residents are currently asymptomatic. Staff continue to monitor these residents closely.

We have also received confirmation of seven (7) positive cases among staff, to date. All staff were tested on October 5 and we continue to monitor for these results.

The outbreak is affecting four (4) units at Simcoe Manor. 

 
We are all saddened by the passing of our third resident during the night. We have also just received confirmation that both of the residents who we sadly lost over the weekend were confirmed as COVID-19 positive. Our condolences are with the family members and friends of those we have lost, and we continue to hope for the best possible outcome for all affected.

We know this is an extremely difficult time for everyone. We are grateful to our staff for their continued diligence, hard work and dedication, and to our families and friends for their kindness and messages of support. The wellbeing of our residents and staff continues to be our top priority.

We have been working closely with the Health Unit, our regional LHIN, Stevenson Memorial Hospital and the Province. Our area health care partners are stepping up to support and we hope to have additional information on the involvement of these additional agencies shortly.​


Update - October 5, 2020 (6:20 p.m.)

 

Today, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (Health Unit) informed us that two (2) additional staff members who were home isolating with symptoms have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing our total number of positive staff cases to six (6).

Our facility-wide resident test results from Friday October 2 are now being returned individually from the Health Unit, and we can confirm a total number of 16 positive resident cases so far, including our resident who sadly passed away over the weekend.  We also received 21 resident test results today that were negative.

We are in the process of notifying family members of the results and will continue to provide further information as the test results are received. All positive resident cases remain isolated to the same three (3) resident care units at Simcoe Manor.

Staff have also completed testing today.

"On behalf of County Council, I send our best wishes to everyone impacted at Simcoe Manor, and our condolences to the families and loved ones of the two residents who sadly passed away over the weekend," said Warden George Cornell. "This is a serious virus, but I'm confident that the knowledge, skill and dedication of our staff and leadership team will see us through these difficult times. Stay strong, you have the full support of Council."

As we continue with extensive infection prevention and containment measures, we are also working closely and receiving additional support from Ontario Health’s Central LHIN, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and our partners at the Stevenson Memorial Hospital.  

 
Our dedicated staff continue to care for our residents and will not let up until we have defeated this terrible virus.

Full outbreak protocols and tactics are listed in the communication updates below.

*The adjacent Simcoe Village is not in outbreak. 

Update - October 4, 2020 (5 p.m.)

 

As of this morning, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (Health Unit) has confirmed that our outbreak remains at four (4) staff and four (4) resident COVID-19 positive cases at Simcoe Manor. A total of three (3) resident care units remain impacted by positive cases at this time.

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of two of our residents (one late yesterday evening and one early this morning). One of the individuals had tested positive for COVID-19, and t​he other was tested on Friday, with their results pending. Our heartfelt condolences are with the loved ones of the two residents we lost last night and this morning.

All long-term care residents have been tested and we continue to closely monitor for their results. All staff are being tested tomorrow, Monday October 5, and enhanced screening measures remain in place to ensure immediate symptom identification, testing, isolation and appropriate contact tracing are completed, in collaboration with the Health Unit. Extensive protocols remain in place to stop the spread within our home quickly; some of these precautions include:

  • Temporary cancellation of all Indoor/outdoor visits while we await further testing results and direction from the Health Unit, with the exception of essential visitors - inclusive of essential caregivers;
  • Heightened surveillance and monitoring for symptoms of all residents;
  • Enhanced cleaning measures;
  • Advanced screening;
  • Cohorting staff to individual units during each shift;
  • Temporary hold on all new resident admissions and internal transfers;
  • Additional requirement of all staff to wear full PPE (gloves, gown, mask, face shield) upon entering the resident care units. We are sourcing additional PPE supplies to ensure supplies are always available during this outbreak; and
  • All residents are isolated in their rooms for precautionary reasons, with tray service for meals. Use of disposable plates, cups and cutlery for the duration of this outbreak to provide additional infection control safety.

Though this virus has silently made its way into our Home, we will fight harder than ever to stop it as quickly as we possibly can. Be reassured that we are all doing everything possible and we will get ahead of this.

​We continue to keep everyone directly impacted by this virus at Simcoe Manor in our thoughts and are extending heartfelt wishes for the best possible outcome.

Thank you to family members of our residents for your understanding and patience. Also thank you to our amazing staff for their continued dedication - those in long-term care and seniors services, as well as our redeployed employees, Paramedics and those assisting with the response.

​*The adjacent Simcoe Village is not in outbreak.

Update - October 3, 2020 (4:30 p.m.)

 

As of this afternoon, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (Health Unit) has confirmed we now have four (4) staff and four (4) resident COVID-19 positive cases at Simcoe Manor. A total of three (3) resident care units are impacted by positive cases at this time. The adjacent​ Simcoe Village is not in outbreak. 

All long-term care residents have been tested and we are awaiting results. All staff will be tested on Monday and enhanced screening measures are in place to ensure immediate symptom identification, testing, isolation and appropriate contact tracing are completed, in collaboration with our Health Unit.

 
As an extra safety measure, all 126 residents have been temporarily placed under isolation precautions and will receive tray service for their meals. Other outbreak protocols in place include:
  • Temporary cancellation of all Indoor/outdoor visits, with the exception of essential visitors - inclusive of essential caregivers;
  •  Heightened surveillance and monitoring for symptoms of all residents;
  •  Enhanced cleaning measures;
  • Cohorting staff to individual units during each shift;
  • Temporary hold on all new resident admissions and internal transfers; and
  •  Additional requirements for all staff regarding full PPE (gloves, gown, mask, face shield).​​
Our thoughts are with those directly impacted by the positive cases and we remain hopeful for the best possible outcomes for all.​​


Update - October 2, 2020 (9 p.m.)

On October 2, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) confirmed that that three staff members and three residents at Simcoe Manor Long-Term Care home, located in Beeton, are confirmed positive for COVID-19. The positive resident cases are isolated to two units.

​​As a result, the Health Unit has placed Simcoe Manor in outbreak status. The Village portion of the facility (Simcoe Village) is not placed in outbreak but will undertake enhanced surveillance and safety protocols. As per our standard protocol, we have implemented the following:  

  • Temporary cancellation of all Indoor/outdoor visits while we await further testing results and direction from the Health Unit, with the exception of essential visitors - inclusive of essential caregivers;
  • Heightened surveillance and monitoring for symptoms of all residents;
  • Enhanced cleaning measures;
  • Cohorting​ staff to individual units during each shift;
  • Temporary hold on all new resident admissions and internal transfers; and
  • Additional requirement of all staff to wear full PPE (gloves, gown, mask, face shield) upon entering the resident care units.

All Simcoe Manor and Village staff members were last tested ​on September 16, as part of our mandatory screening procedures, and all staff were confirmed COVID-free at that time. Given these confirmed positive cases, all staff will be re-tested on Monday, October 5, as part of our regular testing schedule. Further testing of all residents in Simcoe Manor is already underway. We will continue to work closely with the Health Unit to ensure the safety of all of our residents and staff.​

Our thoughts and best wishes extend to our staff, residents and their families who have ​been directly impacted by this virus. We are working to keep everyone updated and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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Media Contacts:

Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch​
705-715-7654 (mobile)
Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-734-8386 (mobile)
Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca