COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna nursing home declared declared over

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05 May 2020 – 15:44

The only COVID-19 nursing home outbreak in Kelowna has been reported completed, with no further cases.

“Interior Health is pleased to announce the end of the COVID-19 outbreak at Orchard Manor / Hawthorn Park,” said Karl Hardt, with Interior Health. “The epidemic ended with only one case of personnel reported during the 14-day incubation period. “

Hardt said the successful conclusion of this epidemic was the result of the excellent cooperation and partnership of everyone involved, including the operator and their team and Infection Control and Environmental Health experts from Internal Health. who worked together on the appropriate infection control response.

When the diagnosis was made, Dr. Bonnie Henry, a provincial health worker, said that due to the safety measures already in place, there was a greater chance that a spread of the disease could be prevented.

“I hope we will not see any transmission in this facility but at the moment it is difficult to know,” she said.

Since then, several outbreaks have been declared and the curve has been flattened to some extent.

Yesterday May 4, Dr. Henry said that British Columbia was at the end of the start of the virus and said that social interactions should open up to 60%, which is double what they are. now.

“(The modeling) shows us that we may have increased the number of cases and some hospitalizations over time in the coming weeks, but they would be manageable,” she said.

If social contact returned to what it was in December, where we had a lot of gatherings where people met, this virus would have the opportunity to take off fairly quickly.

“We might expect to find that the greatest potential for transmission between people means that the virus can grow exponentially,” she said.

“So our challenge, our work together, is to find that ideal point somewhere around increasing our contacts by at least twice as much as we have now, but without allowing these opportunities for the exponential rapid growth of the virus in our communities. “


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