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County seeking partnerships to tackle Simcoe Manor outbreak

Resources key to arresting outbreak

Midhurst/October 9, 2020 – The County of Simcoe is seeking even more resources and assistance to combat the deadly Coronavirus outbreak at Simcoe Manor in Beeton, Ontario.

The County is working closely with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and local health care providers to secure additional resources to combat the current COVID-19 outbreak at this Long-Term Care facility. In addition, the County is making arrangements to bring in additional staff to help with resident care needs, as we continue with extensive and enhanced infection control measures to protect our residents and staff and lock down our Home.


“Since the start of the pandemic, the County has been doing everything within its powers to secure the necessary supplies and resources to manage the additional protocols required to keep the Coronavirus out of our four County Long-Term Care homes," said Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services. “The health and well-being of residents and staff has always been our Number One priority, and given the severity of COVID-19, County staff have worked within the organization and with partners to ensure our high standards are maintained."

Current Home Status:

Unfortunately, in spite of extensive increased protocols and procedures, including enhanced PPE and cleaning requirements, COVID-19 has made it into one of our Homes. Resident- and staff-wide testing, completed on October 2 and 5 respectively, has confirmed 29 positive cases among our 124 residents in the Home, and 19 active cases among staff. Over the past week, we were also saddened to report that four COVID-positive residents have unfortunately passed away.

The Coronavirus has proved challenging across the globe as many COVID-positive individuals do not suffer any symptoms, making it very difficult to contain. In fact, 18 of the currently active resident positive cases are asymptomatic, exhibiting none of the associated symptoms. Despite these challenges, Simcoe Manor staff are working around the clock, with frontline Long-Term Care and Seniors Services staff as well as assistance from redeployed staff and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, to combat this deadly virus. We are also reaching out to local health care agencies daily, asking for their help to meet our residents' needs during this crisis.

Across the Province:

Province-wide staffing challenges in the Long-Term Care sector have been exacerbated by the Coronavirus. COVID-19 has demonstrated that we are stronger together, and by working with the Ministry of Long-Term Care, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and other key stakeholders, we are hopeful that we will be able to utilize the skills and abilities of staff in different areas of the health care sector to deal with this outbreak. 

COVID-19 has been extremely devastating for Long-Term Care Homes, impacting seniors worldwide, and all efforts have been made to keep it out of our facilities. We are saddened that Simcoe Manor is one among numerous Homes in Ontario fighting an outbreak, and our thoughts are with all our colleagues across the sector battling this virus. However, based on our abilities to minimize COVID-19 cases in our four Homes over the past nine months, we are confident that we will once again eradicate this outbreak.

Family and Resident Communications:

The County of Simcoe remains committed to keeping families and residents up to date through Town Halls, website updates and email communications, while our first-class staff continue to go above and beyond to care for our residents, families, and loved ones.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.­­­­­­

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

Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant 
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-715-7654 (mobile)