2 London-area seniors’ homes hit with COVID-19 outbreaks

After three weeks without a single coronavirus case in a seniors’ facility, two London-area homes are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Country Terrace in Komoka and Ashwood Manor in Lambeth have residents and staff with positive tests.

Country Terrace CEO Pat McCarthy said three residents have tested positive in one wing of the building. No staff at that facility are infected. Ashwood Manor would not comment on who is infected in the facility. 

“We are more prepared this time around,” McCarthy said, noting the wing is locked down to prevent spread. “All residents were tested by our physician right away.” 

The outbreaks mean only essential visitors or caregivers are allowed into both homes.  

The health unit said one person over the age of 80 tested positive Thursday. One staff person at a retirement home tested positive late last week. 

The last outbreak at a seniors’ facility in the London region was on Sept. 9 at Chelsey Park Retirement Community. The health unit said Thursday it had not yet been resolved.

School-aged children positive

In the last few days, three Thames Valley District School Board students who opted for remote learning have tested positive for the virus, Dr. Chris Mackie said during a weekly briefing. 

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