Proposed class-action lawsuit against Barrie’s Roberta Place

A nursing home in Barrie, Ontario, with an outbreak of a contagious variant of COVID-19 is now facing a class action lawsuit.

The residents’ family members claim their loved ones have been neglected by the Roberta Place long-term care home.

To date, all but one resident have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 50 have died.

Dozens of employees also have the virus and a key caregiver has died.

Public health officials say some of the cases have been confirmed as a highly communicable variant of the virus first identified in the UK.

The lawsuit, which has not yet been certified as a class action and has not yet been examined in court, alleges that Roberta Place has not implemented basic infection prevention methods.

It is alleged that the facility did not provide enough PPE or separated COVID-positive residents from those who had not yet had the virus.

Roberta Place did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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