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Second North Shore seniors home outbreak declared over

Staff and residents recovered from COVID at Amica's Edgemont home
Amica Edgemont
An outbreak at Amica's Edgemont seniors home was declared over Nov. 18, 2021.

The second of two COVID outbreaks that began this fall at North Shore seniors homes has been declared over.

The outbreak at Amica’s seniors home in Edgemont was deemed officially over Nov. 18.

A total of 20 people, including 13 staff members and seven elderly residents, contracted COVID during the outbreak, which began Oct. 22. All have since recovered.

A second outbreak at Amica’s 99-bed Lions Gate seniors home on Keith Road, which began Oct. 16, was declared over Nov. 8.

Seventeen people at that care home, including eight residents and nine staff members, eventually tested positive for the virus despite 100 per cent of staff members and residents being fully vaccinated, according to Amica. Two elderly residents died of the illness some time between Oct. 22 and Oct. 24.

Concerns about increasing numbers of “breakthrough” cases in fully vaccinated people prompted the province to begin a rollout of booster shots this fall, beginning with the most vulnerable and elderly. Residents of long-term care and assisted living on the North Shore have now received their booster shots.

A total of 151 care home residents in eight care homes on the North Shore contracted COVID in the first year of the pandemic, and 52 residents died.