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Telfer Place denies COVID-19 outbreak

Telfer Place denies COVID-19 outbreak

Although the Brant County Health Unit named a Paris nursing home as having a COVID-19 outbreak on Friday, an administrator for the owners of Telfer Place says that’s not exactly the case.

Susan Schutta, vice president of corporate affairs for Revera, said there are no confirmed cases of the virus in the home or among employees.

However, an agency worker, known as a third-party caregiver, who visited the retirement portion of the complex in mid-March later tested positive for the virus.

“This person visited Telfer Place on March 16,” said Schutta in an email. “I believe she tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30.

“Out of an abundance of caution we informed residents of the retirement residence.”

On Friday, Brant’s acting medical officer of health, Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, said that under new Ministry of Health guidelines, a home is in a “clear outbreak” with one confirmed test from either a staff member or resident.

Urbantke said both Telfer Place and St. Joseph’s Lifecare in Brantford had outbreaks, since both had one staffer who tested positive.

“We do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Telfer Place,” said Schutta.

She said the third-party caregiver didn’t even visit the long-term care portion of Telfer Place, which is separate from the retirement area.

Meanwhile, the Brant County Health Unit says there are 42 positive cases of the virus within this area and a confirmation of a new case was made on Six Nations after Six Nations Health Services, which tallies cases separately from the Brant County Health Unit, received notification of a new positive test late Friday evening, bringing the total cases on that territory to eight.