One additional COVID-19 death reported in London-Middlesex


This individual was in close contact with a person who is part of a COVID-19 outbreak at Bradford Valley Care Community, Charles Gardner, Simcoe Muskoka's medical officer of health, told reporters.

Only three residents in a long-term care home in Ontario tested negative for COVID-19.

The health unit confirmed Saturday that the variant was present at Roberta Place in Barrie, which has experienced one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the province, with 40 people dead due to the virus.

The health unit said it is investigating "all other connections" to the person who tested positive.

The discovery of B.1.1.7 and two other variants originating from South Africa and Brazil has prompted countries including Canada to require negative COVID-19 tests from incoming global air passengers. Genome sequencing on six COVID-19 samples from the home have been identified as the highly contagious variant.

The outbreak of the virus at the Bradford long-term care home began on January 14 and is well under control at this time, he said in a statement. It added that the outbreak is "well under control at this time with a relatively low case count", but the possibility that it may be due to the variant must be assessed and managed. An essential caregiver has also died of COVID-19 and 86 staff have tested positive.

All willing staff and residents of that home were given their first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on January 15.

According to the statement, the new variant is concerning as it is apparently known to transmit easily, further resulting "in much larger numbers of cases in a very rapid fashion".

"Approximately 60 percent of team members and 96 percent of residents at Bradford Valley have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine", Dr. Andrea Moser, senior medical officer of Sienna Senior Living, which owns and operates the home, said Sunday.



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