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COVID-19 outbreaks at local LTC homes grow, but symptoms remain mild

Outcomes have so far been mild with 26 infected at two Southbridge LTC homes in Thunder Bay.
Southbridge Pinewood
There were seven active COVID-19 cases among Southbridge Pinewood residents on Tuesday. (File photo)

THUNDER BAY – COVID-19 outbreaks at two Thunder Bay long-term care homes have grown, but symptoms among residents remained mild, operator Southbridge Care Homes reported Tuesday.

There were 16 active cases among residents and three among staff at Southbridge Lakehead Manor, on Vickers Street, the company reported Tuesday. Meanwhile, there were seven active cases among residents and none among staff at Southbridge Pinewood, on Walsh Street.

That represented substantial spread at the Lakehead Manor home, where there had been just four confirmed cases as of Jan. 6 (there were five cases at Pinewood at the time).

So far, those infected have reported mild or no symptoms, said Southbridge VP of seniors’ advocacy and strategic partnerships Beryl Collingwood.

“All residents in both of the homes are either asymptomatic or experiencing very mild symptoms,” she stated in an email. “Cases are beginning to resolve and none of the residents have required advanced medical care or hospitalization at this time.”

All residents and staff were fully vaccinated, Southbridge reported, while many had also received booster shots.

One resident case at each home was considered fully resolved as of Tuesday, along with those of two Pinewood staff members.

Collingwood described staffing levels at the homes as "stable," saying Southbridge had brought in additional staff members and had contingency plans in place should the situation change.

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