Coronavirus confirmed in 2 nursing homes in the Lower Mainland: Fraser Health

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Two residents of two separate senior facilities in the Lower Mainland were diagnosed with COVID-19, Fraser Health confirmed on Wednesday.

One is a resident of the Swedish assisted living facility, owned by the Swedish Association of Canadian Rest Homes, located in Burnaby and comprising both assisted living and independent living services . The affected resident lives in an independent life.

The other is a resident of Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence, owned by Chartwell Retirement Residences, an independent living community in Mission. The resident assigned to this location is currently in solitary confinement.

A SWAT medical team from Fraser Health is present at each site and communication with residents and families is ongoing.

In a statement, Fraser Health said it is working with staff at the two sites “to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families.”

The health authority also said that “reinforced control measures have been put in place in the two residences.”

The health authority “also ensures that staff currently working at the Swedish assisted living and the Chartwell Cedarbrooke retirement home will not work in any other facility.”

Fraser Health added that it had also implemented a series of procedures and policies following these discoveries:

  • Staffing levels will be maintained to provide care to residents
  • Visitors were limited to essential visitors only
  • Staff and resident movement within the facility has been limited
  • Cleaning and infection control measures have been improved
  • Residents, families and staff are informed
  • All staff and residents will be screened twice a day

Meanwhile, Fraser Health “will be on site to take whatever other action is necessary and to support the facility,” the health authority said. They noted that this included dedicated people to answer questions from staff, residents and family, and to provide active symptom controls with staff and residents.

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