A resident of the Worthington Pavilion in Abbotsford has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Fraser Health SWAT team is on site and the health authority reports that patients and families are informed.
The Worthington Pavilion provides “rehabilitation and recovery services to patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders so they can safely return home after hospitalization,” says Fraser Health.
The Worthington Pavilion is not a long-term care home – residents are temporary on site and not all of them are seniors. But Dr. Martin Lavoie, chief medical officer of health, Fraser Health, said the health authority issued the notice “out of caution” because it is linked to the Cottage Pavilion, which is a long-term care residence.
Officials spoke to the media at 11:30 a.m. but were unable to provide details on the number of residents in the two pavilions.
Fraser Health said in a statement, “Improved controls have been put in place at the Worthington Pavilion rehabilitation unit. Fraser Health works with staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and takes steps to protect the health of all staff, patients and families. “
“To prevent the transmission of COVID-19, Fraser Health is ensuring that staff currently working at the Worthington Rehabilitation Unit will not work in any other facility.”
The facilities also see residents twice a day. This involves asking about and monitoring potential symptoms and taking residents’ temperatures.
COVID-19 has been diagnosed in more than a dozen different residential care facilities across the province, although most of these sites have seen only one or two cases.
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