Proposed class-action lawsuit against Barrie's Roberta Place

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A Barrie, Ontario long-term care home with an outbreak of a contagious COVID-19 variant is now facing a proposed class-action lawsuit.

Residents' family members allege their loved ones have been neglected by Roberta Place Long-Term Care Home.

So far, all but one of the residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 50 have died.

Dozens of staff members also have the virus, and an essential caregiver has died.

Public health officials say some of the cases are confirmed to be the highly transmissible variant of the virus first identified in the U-K.

The lawsuit — which has yet to be certified as a class action and has not been tested in court — claims Roberta Place failed to have basic infection prevention methods in place.

It claims the facility didn't offer enough PPE or keep COVID-positive residents separate from those who did not yet have the virus.

Roberta Place did not immediately respond to a request for comment.