31 staff members, 20 Residents at Simkin Centre test positive for Covid

Simkin Centre logoUpdated Jan. 17 A total of 20 Residents have tested positive for Covid. Of those 20, 15 have recovered. The remainder are in the Covid isolation unit. In addition, two more staff have tested positive, bringing the total number of staff who have tested positive to 31. Twenty-six of the staff have returned to work.

Updated Jan. 13 Three more Residents have now tested positive for Covid. The total number of Residents who are now in the Covid isolation unit is  up to 15. One Resident has recovered and has been released from the isolation unit.

Updated Jan. 11 Of the 29 staff who had testd positive for Covid, 26 have now returned to work following the mandated five-day quarantine period. One more Resident has tested positive for Covid. The first Resident to test postive for Covid has been released from the Covid isolation unit.

Updated Jan. 10 On Sunday, Jan. 9 the Simkin Centre reported that a total of 10 Residents have now tested positive for Covid. On Jan. 8 3 Residents had been reported as having tested positive. The total number of Residents who have now tested positive stands at 10. The Centre reports that additional tests for some Residents on Weinberg 3 have been administered.

There are no additional reports of staff having tested positive. Twenty-six staff will have recovered and were expected to return to work today.

Posted Jan. 7

A total of 29 staff mmebers have tested positive for Covid.  By Monday we expect 20 staff will have recovered and returned to work.Staffing at the moment has stabilized.

There are no new Resident cases of Covid to report. The one Resident with Covid is stable.

Posted Jan. 4

Some staff who tested postive are now back at work. A total of 24 staff have tested positive, with 8 having completed their isolation period.. So far, still only one Resident has tested positive.

Posted Jan. 3

An additional three staff cases have now been identifed at the Simkin Centre, bringing the total number of staff affected to 16. There are no further Resident cases to report.

The Simkin Centre welcomed back Designated Caregivers today. Only one Designated Caregiver is allowed to visit at a time.

Posted Jan. 2

The Simkin Centre now reports that three more staff have tested positive for Covid, bringing the total number of staff affected to 13.

As well, late in the evening of December 31, the Centre was advised that a Resident from Simkin 2 tested positive for Covid.

According to the Centre, "the Resident has been transferred to our Covid Isolation Unit and is receiving excellent care. Family members of Residents living on the affected unit will be contacted. All visitations, including designated family care givers, have. been suspended until further notice.

Posted Jan. 1:

The Simkin Centre now reports that 10 staff members have tested positive for Covid. According to the Centre, "One staff member did not work during their infectious period."

There are no Resident cases at this time.

Posted Dec. 31:

The Simkin Centre now reports that a total of seven staff members have tested positive for Covid. As well, the Centre reports that "We have also had visitors adivse us that they have tested positive after being at our Centre."

The Centre also reports that they "are experiencing staffing shortages in all departments." As a result the Centre has implemented the following steps:

1. Tub baths and showers will be suspended. Residents will be receiving sponge baths instead.

2. Bed linens will be changed only when wet or soiled.

3. Beds will be clean however not necessarily "made" as per usual expectations.

4. Resident personal clothing may be worn for more than one day at a time unless wet or soiled prior to sending for laundering.

5. Residents may be dressed in hospital gowns to facilitate expedited care delivery.

6. Pandemic meal plans will be iniitiated. This includes the use of disposable clothes, standardized menu items such as  pureed soup and dessert for all residents.

7. Housekeeping services have been prioritized for Resident areas and high touch surfaces.

As well, the Simkin Centre issued the following all for help on their Facebook page:

Are you a retired health care aide who is interested in coming back to work at the Simkin Centre to assist with our staffing shortages during our outbreak? If so please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. We need your experience!

Posted Dec. 30

On December 26 the Simkin Centre reported that "we were notified of a staff member testing positive for Covid-19 who worked on Simkin 2 night shift on December 22nd..."

Then, on December 29 the Simkin Centre issued another report: "Today we were notified of two more staff testing positive for Covid-19 who worked on Weinberg 3 and Simkin 2. Their cases are linked which means we are now in a Covid-19 Outbreak....

"We have no Resident cases at this time. Residents on affected units will be closely monitored and tested if they develop any symptons. The visting restrictions being implemented tomorrw will remain in place."

To read the complete list of rules that are now in place at the Simkin Centre go to https://mailchi.mp/simkincentre/volume-1-issue-10713006?fbclid=IwAR2mW0ZZgLlC89EM0V7yuK97OFQXGPjFedGQaEMK7N1jJVtQy6BUJTpBHuA