Lodge staffer who tested positive for COVID-19 returns to work

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GORE BAY – Following a 14-day isolation period, a staff member at the privately-owned Manitoulin Lodge long-term care home in Gore Bay has returned to work.

“I can confirm that the team member who had tested positive for the virus has since returned to work, as authorized by  Public Health (Sudbury and Districts) and our home remains COVID-free,” Stephanie Barber, community relations co-ordinator with the home’s operator Jarlette Health Services, told The Expositor.

Ms. Barber went on to note that, “Despite the fact that we are not in an outbreak, our infection prevention and control practices remain in effect to support the health and safety of our residents and staff. As we have previously mentioned, we continue to work in strict accordance with the directives mandated by public health, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ontario government at large.”

Of the all the deaths reported by the Ministry of Health from mid-January to Saturday, 1,557 were of residents in long-term care homes (64.2 percent), while another five were health care workers in long-term care homes.

According to the ministry, 44.6 percent of all cases of COVID-19 discovered in the province between mid-January and last weekend were male, while 54.5 percent were female. Some 38.1 percent of those cases are 60 years of age and older. The greater Toronto area accounts for 67.2 percent of cases. The ministry also reports that 12.1 percent of cases were hospitalized.

The ministry said 311 outbreaks have been reported in long-term care homes to date, but no new outbreaks were reported as of Monday.

As of press time Monday, there are no cases of COVID-19 in the Manitoulin-Sudbury District.