Second outbreak declared


The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has reported a second active outbreak in a long-term care setting.

Yesterday, and outbreak was declared in The Walford Thunder Bay, after one staff member was recently confirmed to have COVID-19.

In collaboration with the Walford Thunder Bay, TBDHU has initiated a thorough assessment of the situation, including enhanced surveillance and testing activities and onsite inspection. Further measures will be taken as needed to manage this situation.

November 17 TBDHU and Southbridge Care Homes confirmed that the outbreak at Southbridge Roseview Long-Term Care Home in Thunder Bay is considered a facility-wide outbreak. According to the provincial database, 35 residents in the 157 bed facility, and 16 staff members have currently tested positive. Two residents have lost their lives to the disease.

Consistent with provincial guidelines, the outbreak declaration for COVID-19 in a retirement home is made when one staff or resident is found to be positive for COVID-19. This low threshold for declaring an outbreak ensures that outbreak management measures, including increased infection prevention and control practices, can be put in place swiftly to contain any further spread. At this time, there is no evidence that any spread of the virus has occurred at the Walford facility.