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Third long-term care home in Sudbury declares outbreak

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A staff member at Extendicare York long-term care home in Sudbury has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to a third outbreak declared.

Officials say that Ministry guidelines dictate an outbreak be declared with a single laboratory-confirmed case.

Officials say Public Health Sudbury and Districts are working closely with Extendicare York to ensure all measures are in place to protect residents and staff. The risk to patients remains low and all patients who interacted with the staff member are not yet showing symptoms.

“Our staff are working with the facility and are actively following up with the individual to provide important public health direction, explore possible exposure settings and identify any close contacts to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

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