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Georgian Manor Outbreak Update

January 21​, 2021​​

Today, we are very pleased to share that the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit declared the outbreak at Georgian Manor officially over.

This could have been a larger outbreak; however, we are so grateful to our amazing staff who quickly enhanced our extensive protocols and worked tirelessly to protect residents and the home from further transmission.  We also thank residents and their families for their understanding and support throughout this outbreak.

​​​​January 20​, 2021​​

We are pleased to report that all COVID-19 positive cases at Georgian Manor have been resolved, meaning that there are no remaining active cases in our home. We are working closely with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to end our outbreak status, and we hope to have good news shortly. In the meantime, we will continue to operate under additional IPAC precautions and maintain droplet isolation precautions on the Willow unit only to ensure staff and resident safety.

Last week, we made excellent progress with vaccinating our residents. More than 90 per cent of our residents (119 of 127) have received their first dose of the vaccine. However, we are not letting our guard down. We continue to work closely with staff to ensure we are following all the necessary precautions to keep your loved ones safe.

Community transmission is still a big concern. When going out into the community for essential reasons only, please remember to be COVID-WISE:

  • W – Wear a mask or face covering where required, or when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet)
  • I – Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested if you have COVID-like symptoms)
  • S – Stay at least two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household
  • E – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer especially before touching your face
​​January 15​, 2021​​

We are happy to repo​rt that our cases remain stable, with just our one unit under outbreak protocols. Since Monday, the we have been able to resolve three (3) cases, leaving Georgian Manor with three (3) active cases, one (1) resident and two (2) staff, all restricted to the Willow unit.

Vaccination of staff and residents have taken place this week, and we are very pleased with the number of residents and staff that are coming forward to take the vaccine and help end this pandemic. A number of our staff also received the second booster this week, another step in putting up our wall against COVID at the home. ​

​​January 11​, 2021​​

This afternoon, the County was notified by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit of a new positive COVID-19 resident case on Willow Unit at Georgian Manor. Since the outbreak, the home has had a total of three (3) positive resident cases and three (3) positive staff cases. The County is working closely with Public Health on contact tracing efforts and we will keep you updated with the results.

The positive result came as a result of all resident testing conducted on January 7. The resident had previously tested negative as recently as January 4 and is asymptomatic at this time. The County continues to observe droplet contact protocols on the two (2) units with positive cases (Willow and White Pine). The entire facility remains in outbreak status, following additional cleaning and PPE precautions.

Until now, Georgian Manor had not reported a new case since Friday, January 1. This new case leaves Georgian Manor with three (3) active cases (1 resident and 2 staff) and two (2) resident units remain isolated. 

​​January 8​, 2021​​

We are pleased to report once again that our numbers remain stable. Georgian Manor has not had any additional cases since Friday, January 1, and these two (2) positive resident cases and three (3) positive staff cases remain isolated to two (2) resident units.

Please know that we are doing everything possible to control this outbreak and keep our residents safe, and that your efforts to lessen your own risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 in our communities are appreciated.

January 6, 2021​​

We are very pleased to report that our numbers remain stable. Georgian Manor has not had any additional cases since Friday, January 1, and all cases remain isolated to two (2) resident units.  We continue with two (2) active resident cases and three (3) active staff cases in total.

We continue to work closely with our partners in Public Health to manage this outbreak. And together, we are implementing procedures to prevent transmission and keep staff and residents safe.

Residents are asked that when going out into the community for essential reasons only, they continue to be COVID-WISE:

  • W – Wear a mask or face covering where required, or when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet)
  • I – Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested if you have COVID-like symptoms)
  • S – Stay at least two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household
  • E – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer especially before touching your face

By working together, we will reduce community transmission and cut our infection rates. The sooner we curb community spread, the sooner these long-term care outbreaks end. We thank our communities for their ​support and cooperation.

January 4, 2021​​

We are pleased to share that our numbers remain stable. We remain at two positive resident cases and three positive staff cases. Two units are on isolation protocol. All residents will undergo precautionary swabbing today and we will keep you informed as we receive the results. ​​

​​December 31, 2020​​

Over the Christmas break, we’ve continued to see the impact of this virus on long-term care homes and other congregate healthcare institutions across the province. As of December 30th, approximately one-third of all long-term care homes in Ontario have been placed in outbreak.

These numbers can be overwhelming, but they are also a stark reminder that everyone needs to follow public health guidelines as closely as we can, both at work and in our personal lives, to protect our most vulnerable residents. Reducing community transmission is essential to preventing and minimizing outbreaks in long-term care homes.

To date, ​we have confirmed three positive staff and one positive resident, with two units impacted.

December 30, 2020​​

After our outbreak declaration on Sunday, all 128 residents in the home were tested and their swabs were sent to the lab for processing on the same day. We have since received 110 results from the 128 tests and all have been negative so far. In addition to the resident testing, we also tested all staff working on the affected unit where our positive staff member worked during the past week and are awaiting these results. Wednesday December 30, we will be holding our regular weekly testing for all staff. As an added precaution, we will be retesting all residents as well on this date.

December 27, 2020

Today, the Simcoe Muskoka District Heal​th Unit (Health Unit) informed us of one positive staff case at Georgian Manor. The staff member developed symptoms and took quick action to contact the Home to advise. The individual has been confirmed positive and is currently off work, self-isolating and is monitoring symptoms.

Due to this one staff case, the Health Unit has declared Georgian Manor in outbreak. All residents have been placed in quarantine (activities will occur in their rooms) and residents on affected unit will be placed in isolation, which includes additional PPE protocols for staff providing care/support. ​Georgian Residences, our Retirement Living facility will not be placed in outbreak, but all shared amenities and areas are closed.​