Jul 05, 2021
By Jane Brown
Experts say a COVID-19 outbreak at a Burlington long term care home is far less concerning now than it would have been a few months ago, before most residents were fully vaccinated.
However, the General Manager at The Village of Tansley Woods, confirmed Sunday night, one resident has died after contracting COVID-19.
(Tansley Woods long-term care home in Burlington, Ont. is grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak. CTV News Toronto / Tom Podolec)
Sixteen infections were reported Friday at The Village of Tansley Woods, run by Schlegel Villages. Two of the infections are in staff members.
A memo circulated to families says the outbreak is almost certainly linked to the widespread Delta variant, even though all impacted residents, except one, have been fully vaccinated.
Doctor Dale Kalina is an infectious diseases specialist.
Prior to the announcement of one death, he said all of those who’ve tested positive either have no symptoms or mild symptoms, which is an example of how the vaccines offer protection from the worst case scenarios.
“We haven’t actually seen anyone from that outbreak come into hospital, or who’ve been particularly unwell, so it is important to show, yes, there are numbers of infections there, but no severe disease,” Dr. Kalina explained.
Non-essential visits to The Village of Tansley Woods have been paused to protect the health and safety of residents, staff members, and families of the residents.