Two more staff members at Winnipeg personal care homes have tested positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern, but health officials are not saying where they work.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said in a statement Tuesday there was currently one resident and three staff members who have tested positive for the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant of the novel coronavirus, first identified in the U.K.
A WRHA spokesman said the organization is not saying which of the seven personal care homes currently flagged for outbreaks have logged variant cases. However, last week it was confirmed one resident and one staff member at Heritage Lodge had tested positive for the same variant.
The resident is isolating at the care home, while the staff member is recovering at home. Revera, Heritage Lodge's owner, said Tuesday the facility has no new cases.
As for the other six care homes, it was confirmed Tuesday a resident at Tuxedo Villa had tested positive for COVID-19. Actionmarguerite St. Boniface and Actionmarguerite St. Joseph have no cases, but still carry outbreak status because they haven't gone past two incubation periods of 14 days since isolation of the last case.
The other care homes listed with outbreaks are Oakview Place, River East, and Riverview.
Tuxedo Villa, a 213-bed facility at 2060 Corydon Ave., has notified families a resident had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
In a notice to families, an administrator with the facility said a resident tested positive while receiving treatment in hospital on the weekend.
The resident had been vaccinated and was not showing symptoms, the administrator said.
Public health notified the facility of the positive test result Monday morning, and visitation has been suspended. One wing of the home is under isolation protocol and contact tracing is ongoing.
On Tuesday, Revera said essential visits for Heritage Lodge palliative residents, which had been suspended last week amidst contact tracing, have resumed. All residents continue to remain in their rooms at all times, with meals being brought to them.
"We recognize how difficult these measures are for residents and their families, and we appreciate their patience and understanding as we put these precautions in place for the safety of our residents," the statement says.
A WRHA spokesman would not comment on how many people have tested positive for the virus in each care home, saying, in total, there are currently two residents and five staff members with active cases.
As well, of those cases, two care homes have at least one active resident case, four had at least one active staff case, and one had active cases with both residents and staff.
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