Of the 28 residents whose COVID-19 was confirmed, four died, including a man and woman in the 1990s, and a man and woman in the 1980s.
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“We have a number of other people who are very sick,” doctor Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka Health District, told reporters on Friday during a press conference call.
“We are very concerned about them and they are receiving proper care in Bradford Valley. “
According to Gardner, one of the residents who was infected with COVID-19 was admitted to the Southlake Regional Health Center in Newmarket, Ontario.
Gardner told reporters on Wednesday that all residents and staff in Bradford Valley were tested for the new coronavirus.
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“We have indeed sent tests for each of them, and we are awaiting results,” Gardner said Friday.
“We have negative results out of 139. There are more, of course, because there are more than 200 residents in the facility. “
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A negative result could now turn into a positive result at a later date, Gardner added.
“As we manage this epidemic, they will all need to be closely monitored, temperature controlled twice a day, as well as the staff,” said Simcoe Muskoka health manager.
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“If there are other cases or symptoms identified that could be cases, they should be tested, and anyone they come in contact with should be tested again. “
In a previous statement, Sienna Senior Living, the company that owns Bradford Valley, said that staff members wear surgical masks and that their temperature is taken twice per shift.
“The Bradford Valley team is … highly skilled in infection control and works closely with public health, which has confirmed that all appropriate precautions and guidelines are in place,” the company said.
Premier Doug Ford of Ontario unveiled a plan to fight COVID-19 in long-term care homes, which have become the epicenter of the virus, on Wednesday.
On Friday, the province reported 9,525 cases of the new coronavirus, including 478 deaths.
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