Manitoulin Island nursing home declares COVID-19 outbreak
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SUDBURY -- Public Health Sudbury and Districts is reporting an outbreak at Wikwemikong Nursing Home on Manitoulin Island after a resident tested positive for COVID-19.
The resident is a woman in her 70s with no recent travel history or contact with a known case.
According to public health officials, the woman's point of exposure is unknown. She was tested as part of the province's targeted surveillance of long-term care homes.
In late March, elders of the Wikwemikong Nursing Home garnered global attention for a social media post that gently asked visitors to stay away from the long-term care facility during the pandemic, using the hashtag #itsnotaboutyou.
Other First Nation communities on Manitoulin Island have taken significant steps to prevent the virus from spreading to their territories, including the implementation of non-essential travel bans, supported by the Ontario Regionial Chief.
This is the first outbreak declared at a long-term care facility on Manitoulin Island.
This is a developing story. More to come.