May 5, 2021
We are very pleased to share that our most recent staff and resident PCR tests have all been returned as negative. Given this successful fight against a fifth outbreak, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has declared this recent isolated outbreak in the Adjala Unit at Simcoe Manor officially over. All staff and residents that tested positive during this outbreak have been cleared by Public Health and are doing well.
The Health Unit has advised that restrictions currently in place on the Essa, Nottawasaga and Innisfil Units can be lifted on May 8th should residents continue to show no signs of exposure.
May 2, 2021
Our case count at Simcoe Manor remains stable with no additional staff or resident tests outstanding.
April 26, 2021
We are pleased to share that our second resident, and third overall COVID-19 positive case, has now been classified as resolved by Public Health. As a follow up to our April 24th communication, all unvaccinated residents on the Essa, Innisfil and Nottawasaga Units did receive PCR swabs and all have been returned as negative. In consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, all residents who received care from the staff member are to be considered as close contacts and as such remain in contact droplet isolation precautions and were PCR swabbed on Sunday.
One note, under Provincial requirements, long-term care homes in outbreak are able to pause antigen testing. The County of Simcoe has again made the determination to be as diligent as possible and continue this procedure. Given that the case from Saturday was identified a full seven (7) days earlier than it might have been had we relied only on the weekly PCR testing, we believe this determination was the most prudent.
April 24, 2021
All staff PCR swabs from our Monday testing have been returned as negative. Thursday evening we received the outstanding results from Tuesday’s testing of all residents on the Adjala Unit, and unfortunately two additional resident positive cases have been identified. Both new cases are exhibiting mild symptoms.
In addition, this morning, a staff member received a positive antigen test prior to beginning their shift. As follow-up, they were tested with both a Standard PCR test as well as a Rapid PCR test and have returned home to isolate. We have just received the results of the Rapid PCR test for this staff member and the results are also positive.
As a precautionary measure, Public Health has recommended that we place those residents who were provided care by this staff member in contact droplet isolation precautions while we await further testing results.
April 21, 2021
I'm pleased to report that as of yesterday, two (2) of our three (3) active cases were resolved according to Public Health standards, so we now only have one active COVID-19-positive case at Simcoe Manor. We hope to have good news regarding this remaining case later in the week as the residents remains asymptomatic.
April 19, 2021
Thanks to the diligence and commitment of our staff and residents, the status of our outbreak continues to be stable, with no additional staff or residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Our first COVID-positive resident is improving and the second remains asymptomatic.
April 16, 2021
The status of our outbreak continues to be stable with no additional staff or residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Our first COVID-positive resident continues to experience mild symptoms and the second remains asymptomatic. The staff member continues to isolate at home.
This morning, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit advised that the first resident's COVID-19 sample has also been returned as negative for a variant of concern. We are still awaiting the results from the second resident's samples, and we will keep you updated. It's certainly encouraging that our first two cases have both come back negative for a variant strain.
April 15, 2021
Today we learned that a second resident on the Adjala Unit has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is fully vaccinated and currently showing no symptoms. The initial COVID-positive resident is experiencing mild symptoms and the COVID-positive staff member continues to isolate at home.
COVID-19 vaccines are up to 95% effective in preventing an individual from contracting the virus. Should infection still occur, immunization will also provide significant protection against the more serious effects that can lead to hospitalization or death. While vaccinations have been proven highly effective, data has shown that some “breakthrough" cases are possible. We encourage all, including those who have received one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to continue to follow all public health precautions including wearing a face covering and washing or sanitizing your hands frequently.
As noted, given the presence of variant strains in our region, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is performing enhanced testing for variants of concern (VOCs) on any positive COVID-19 sample from Simcoe Manor. We are pleased to share that the staff member's sample has come back negative for any variant strain. This is very encouraging news. We are still awaiting the results from the residents' test samples, and we will keep you updated.
Enhanced surveillance and precautions continue, and all residents on the Adjala Unit remain in droplet contact isolation precautions, receiving in-room meals.
- One positive staff member – negative for a VOC
- Two (2) positive residents – awaiting results of VOC testing
- One unit in outbreak (Adjala)
April 12, 2021
Earlier today we received two (2) positive COVID-19 test results and in consultation with Public Health, declared an outbreak on the Adjala Unit at Simcoe Manor.
The first positive result was from a staff member tested on Friday, April 9th, after it was confirmed that they had had contact with a COVID-positive individual. This employee had been cohorted to the Adjala Unit and last worked on April 8th. All residents on the Adjala Unit were placed in quarantine on Friday and the staff member is self-isolating at home.
On Saturday, April 10th, a resident on the Adjala Unit developed symptoms and was immediately swabbed and placed in isolation. Their result was also returned as positive.
As a result of this outbreak, enhanced surveillance and precautions have been implemented. All residents on the Adjala Unit have been placed in droplet contact isolation precautions, will receive in-room dining and will be monitored closely. Essential caregivers and window visits for this unit only have been temporarily cancelled.
With the support of our partners from the Stevenson Memorial Hospital, residents on the Adjala Unit were rapid tested today and all results are negative. All staff will be tested today and tomorrow through PCR testing and we will continue antigen testing for all individuals entering the building.
Vaccination Update - April 12th
At Simcoe Manor currently 90% of residents and 67% of staff have been vaccinated, receiving significant immunity from the effects of COVID-19. We continue to work closely with Public Health to ensure any unvaccinated staff and residents are offered the vaccine as soon as possible.