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Coronavirus: Health-care worker at Markham, Ont. long-term care home tests positive

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A health-care worker at a long-term care home in Markham has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said the frontline worker contracted the disease after a resident in the home was confirmed to have had the virus last week.

SEIU said additional workers who may have been exposed are waiting for their test results.

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SEIU confirmed to Global News that the worker is an employee at the Markhaven Home for Seniors, which recently declared an outbreak.

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“Today’s alarming news is a consequence of a system that is moving too slow to protect workers and the public,” SEIU Healthcare president Sharleen Stewart said in a statement.

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“It’s time decision makers put themselves in the shoes of the frontline health-care workers who are putting themselves in danger to fight the war on COVID-19.

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“While they fight for us, health system administrators and the provincial government should be there for them.”

In Toronto, 13 health-care workers are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19.

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