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COVID-19 outbreak at Southbridge Pinewood grows to 5 cases

Five positive cases reported at Southbridge Pinewood, four at Southbridge Lakehead Manor.
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THUNDER BAY – An outbreak of COVID-19 at the Southbridge Pinewood long-term care home has grown slightly to five positive cases.

That included three residents and two staff members, the company reported, saying all were fully vaccinated.

The outbreak was first reported at the 128-bed Walsh Street home on Tuesday, with three active cases in the Sandpiper Unit.

Admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled in that unit until further notice, with visitors restricted to family members and caregivers only.

Meanwhile, the company reported four residents had tested positive at the Southbridge Lakehead Manor long-term care home, on Vickers Street.

All were second floor residents, had received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and were asymptomatic as of Wednesday, said Southbridge VP of seniors’ advocacy and strategic partnerships Beryl Collingwood.

Contact tracing had indicated the virus was “community acquired,” with no staff cases confirmed, Collingwood said.

The Lakehead Manor outbreak was also reported Tuesday by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, with no information at the time on how many cases it involved.

The health unit has not responded to an inquiry from TBNewswatch about how it reports COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care homes.



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