COVID outbreak declared at Carleton Place long-term care home

Stoneridge Manor long term care home in Carleton Place, Ont. (Courtesy: ReveraLiving.com)

A long-term care home in Carleton Place hit hard by COVID-19 earlier this year has once again declared an outbreak after one staff member tested positive. 

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit declared the outbreak at Stoneridge Manor on Sunday evening after the single positive test. 

The Health Unit said it's working with the home to manage the outbreak and infection control measures have been put in place, while the infected staff member is in self-isolation at home. 

"Along with the increase in local cases of COVID-19, this outbreak serves as a reminder to the community to continue to be COVID-SMART," Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Tri-County area said in a statement. 

"I encourage everyone to self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms and get tested, wear a mask or face covering when you cannot maintain a distance of two metres from others, and to practice regular hand hygiene."

It's the second outbreak at the facility since the pandemic began after 53 residents and 29 staff tested positive in May and June and six people died. The first outbreak ended in June. 

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark has 22 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning and none of the patients are in hospital. 

Ontario reported 977 cases Monday and 1,015 on Saturday, mostly in the province's four hot spots of Toronto, Peel, York and Ottawa. 

Public Health Officials reported nine new deaths on Sunday and 22 more people were admitted to hospital. 

Officials have maintained provincial case totals are heading in the right direction despite numbers that have remained high and sometimes surpassed the 1,000 mark.

-With files from The Canadian Press