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Positive COVID-19 In Owen Sound Care Home Worker

Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

Long-term care worker with positive COVID-19 test result was employed at Mapleview, they are now isolating.

The recently reported positive COVID-19 case in a long-term care home worker in Grey Bruce is in Maple View long-term care home in Owen Sound.

The location has now been listed on the Health Unit's outbreak page where outbreaks of all kinds are listed.

It is not clear if the case was community spread or travel related. This person would be one of the existing 14 cases already reported, not a new case. 

Maple View is a private long-term care home on 10th Street West in Owen Sound. It is owned and operated by Southbridge care Homes.

Southbridge Vice President of Business Development and Communications Richard Franzke says the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 was last in the long-term care home about one week ago.

The employee did not have shifts at other long-term care homes and only worked at Maple View, Franzke notes.

He says a "small number" of staff who worked directly with the employee who tested positive are now in quarantine at home and being monitored by Public Health.

He says the home was put into automatic outbreak as per Public Health directives in response, out of an abundance of caution for the residents and staff.

All the residents in the home are now "home quarantined" in their rooms and will continue to be until the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit suggests further change, Franzke says.

"We have taken immediate steps to reduce the chance of transmission and keep our residents and staff safe and healthy. We are working closely with the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit and are following their recommendations," Franzke says in an email.

To prevent further spread, Franzke indicates Maple View long-term care home is continuing to take several other precautions including increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as hand rails and elevator buttons, twice-daily monitoring of all residents for symptoms and active screening of staff for symptoms before they start shifts.

This story was updated from its original version to add comments provided by Southbridge's Vice President of Business Development and Communications Richard Franzke.

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