COVID-19 case detected at Markham group home that weathered deadly outbreak

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Another case of COVID-19 has been detected at an Ontario group home for the disabled that was the site of a deadly outbreak this spring.

York Region Public Health has declared a second COVID-19 outbreak at Participation House in Markham beginning on Tuesday, noting on its website that a caregiver has tested positive for the virus.

Forty of 42 residents tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that began in April and 57 caregivers also tested positive, according to the health agency.

The health agency says six residents died from COVID-19 in the first outbreak that lasted nearly two months.

A board member at Participation House said in an email that management would share more details on the situation after a meeting with regional health officials on Saturday afternoon.

The home faced staffing shortages during the first outbreak, as people stayed home to avoid spreading the virus further.