UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.
Only one staff member at Kelowna’s Hawthorn Park – Orchard Manor Seniors’ Home was diagnosed with COVID-19, which triggered residential outbreak protocols.
As of Thursday, no resident of the two houses, which are connected by a common building on K.L.O. Road, have been diagnosed with the virus.
“At the moment, no residents are affected, but we need to make sure they are monitored for the next 14 days to be sure,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday.
The woman was diagnosed with COVID-19 “in the past two days”.
“As soon as they were identified, they realized it was his place of work, so an investigation was opened,” said Dr. Henry.
The two houses, privately managed by Verve Senior Living, have a total of 161 beds. It is not known if the infected staff member worked in the two residences, but the outbreak has been reported for both.
“We have measures in place in all long-term care homes in the province that limit visitors, which require people at home, staff, to wear masks when interacting with residents of the house, so all of these things were in place, and improved cleaning and things like that, “said Dr. Henry.
Additional measures that have since been implemented include restricting movement of staff and residents inside the building, increasing cleaning and infection control, and daily screening of staff and residents.
“(Interior Health) has a team that makes sure everything is set up and that people are retrained to make sure they know how to use their personal protective equipment correctly and that they regularly check the staff . basis for symptoms, and also residents at least daily for symptoms.
“I hope we won’t see any transmissions in this facility, but at the moment, it’s hard to know. “
ORIGINAL: 3:15 p.m.
A COVID-19 outbreak was identified in the first long-term care home for the aged in Kelowna.
Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a daily press conference on Thursday that only one case of the virus had been identified at Hawthorn Park / Orchard Manor nursing home on KLO Road near Casorso Road . A staff member tested positive, but no resident at this stage.
In addition, 29 new cases of the virus have been identified in the province, bringing the total to 1,824 in the province. The number of confirmed cases in the inland health region has increased by three since Wednesday to 156.
Four other people died from COVID-19 in the province – one from Fraser Health Region and three from Vancouver Coastal Health. Ninety-four people died in British Columbia. until there.
The majority of deaths in British Columbia come from residents of long-term care homes for the aged. Currently, 217 residents of these homes have been diagnosed with the virus, in addition to 130 staff members.
103 people are hospitalized in British Columbia, including 43 in intensive care.
Another outbreak was identified at the Coquitlam Superior Poultry Plant, where two cases were discovered. This location is a sister plant to United Poultry Co. in Vancouver, where 29 employees have been diagnosed with the virus.
To date, 1,092 people have fully recovered from COVID-19 in British Columbia, leaving 638 active cases.
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