Resident dies at Burlington long-term care home amid Delta outbreak – .

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Resident dies at Burlington long-term care home amid Delta outbreak – .


TORONTO – One person has now died from a COVID-19 outbreak involving the Delta variant at a Burlington long-term care home.

There have been a total of 16 cases linked to the outbreak at The Village of Tansley Woods long-term care home, including the death.

The virus has spread inside the house despite the fact that 96% of residents are fully vaccinated and 98% have received at least one dose.

“With great sorrow, the Tansley Woods team are faced with the loss of a longtime resident of the community over the weekend,” Schlegel Villages, the company that manages the house, said in a statement. published Monday afternoon. “This resident had tested positive for COVID-19 and public health officials have indicated that the more transmissible Delta variant is of concern in this outbreak. We are grateful that loved ones were able to be with this resident and the thoughts of our entire organization are with them, the team facing this grief today. “

Ontario has started easing restrictions on long-term care homes due to high vaccination rates among residents, allowing indoor gatherings with up to two general visitors and two caretakers.

However, the spread of the delta variant first detected in India has raised some concern given research suggesting that vaccines are not as effective against it.

In its statement, Schlegel Villages said the remaining 14 active cases among residents of the outbreak all have “mild” symptoms at the moment but are being monitored continuously.

The company also said it would hold a home vaccination clinic on Wednesday in cooperation with local public health officials.

“Of the team members, more than 85% have committed to being vaccinated with their first dose and we know that the number of fully vaccinated team members will increase with availability,” the statement said.

There are currently three long-term care homes in Ontario with active outbreaks of COVID-19.

These outbreaks represent 22 active resident cases and six active staff cases.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Doug Ford said the outbreaks, including the one in Tansley Woods, underscore the importance for staff to be vaccinated as well as for residents .

“I know there is some hesitation, but we just can’t take the risk with our seniors right now,” he said. “If you work in a long-term care home, we didn’t make it mandatory, I don’t think everyone should be vaccinated, but think of the people you care for, think of theirs. families, think of your families. Please, I beg you, please get yourself vaccinated.

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