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7 COVID cases in outbreak at Homewood Health Centre

This is the second outbreak in Homewood Health Centre in approximately a year
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Four residents and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Homewood Health Centre.

These cases were reported by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health as a result of an outbreak declared at the mental health and addiction service facility on April 5.

“We are working very closely with Homewood to ensure they have implemented all infection prevention and control (IPAC) measures, that they are isolating as required and most importantly, they are ensuring everyone is vaccinated,” said Danny Williamson, communications coordinator at WDG Public Health. 

“We have given them vaccines so they can vaccinate their residents and staff.”

This is the second outbreak at the Homewood Health Centre. The first one took place early into the pandemic last year on April 1 where three residents and four staff members tested positive for the virus. The outbreak was declared over on April 30. 

Two weeks ago, the centre held a two-day mobile clinic in conjunction with WDG Public Health to vaccinate approximately 175 patients with their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

Vaccines were administered to individuals in the centre because they met the provincial criteria for the vaccine rollout by living within a congregate setting. All staff members at the facility who wanted a vaccine also received their first dose. 

Homewood Health Centre did not immediately respond for a request for comment.