Health units beef up infection control as United Kingdom variant spreads

Health units beef up infection control as United Kingdom variant spreads

But what plans were made on that first day of vaccinations have always been cancelled as a shortage in the nation's vaccine supply stopped momentum of the vaccination rollout in the province and in the region.

"Multiple residents were observed out of isolation, touching high-touch surfaces and coming in close contact with other residents", says the ministry report.

"I'm sharing this information because this variant is on the move in our community and the only way it can move is through people", said Dr. Gardner.

It's increasing testing for residents, visitors and staff at care homes dealing with outbreaks where the variant is suspected, now two care homes in the region.

Gardner said there were some troubles in the early stages of the outbreak with regards to cohorting, in part because of how quickly the virus spread and how quickly staff members got infected. "But we do have cause for concern", he said.

The majority of the new infections were seen in Barrie with 49, followed by Innisfil, 20, New Tecumseth, 19, and Bradford West-Gwillimbury, 17.

As of Monday afternoon, 127 residents and 86 staff have contracted the virus inside the long-term care home since it declared an outbreak on January 8.

The outbreak at Roberta Place long-term care home in Barrie - with 46 deaths and 127 of 129 residents in the home infected - has already been linked to the United Kingdom variant strain of COVID-19.

"This does speak to the potential for this to be transmitting now in the community".

In the meantime, the health unit is preparing for the anticipated arrival of a new and, hopefully, abundant supply of vaccines.

The province said because Pfizer is not sending any doses to Canada this week, and only a fraction of those promised next week, it will focus its efforts on vaccinating long-term care residents - not health care workers or essential caregivers - by the new earlier deadline of February 5.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Ontario released its revamped vaccination plan to account for significant delays in the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while facing questions about why long-term care residents weren't inoculated sooner. "When I asked that question, I was told. that we don't need them [the Canadian Forces]", Mr. Ford said. "We still have to give the second dose". Any travel has the potential to spread the United Kingdom variant farther afield. "You can't go wrong if you do that, and it's required that you do that". "We are not to do this right now". It's really, really important that people take that to heart and behave accordingly in order to reduce your risk of being part of transmission from this new variant.

"The potential for it to spread here is immediate".

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