New coronavirus outbreak at Arbutus nursing home reported by Vancouver Coastal Health

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VANCOUVER – A new outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at Arbutus Care Center, a home for the elderly in Vancouver. Coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes pose a significant risk to elderly residents who have high coronavirus death rates and result in various restrictions, including visitor limitations.

The Vancouver Coastal Health website, which lists facility outbreaks in a special bulletin, says the nursing home restrictions went into effect on August 14.

The facility is located at 4505 Valley Dr. near Prince of Wales High School on the west side of Vancouver.

The Arbutus Long Term Care Home is a private center owned by a Canadian company called Revera Living. Revera touts the center as being located in a “quiet area” and as a place where “residents always come first”.

The staff member who tested positive is self-isolating at home, according to a statement from Revera’s chief medical officer, Dr Rhonda Collins.

In the statement, Collins said staff and residents at the facility were regularly monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 and improved cleaning of high-contact surfaces had been in place since before the outbreak.

“With great caution, all residents will be served their meals in their rooms and all leisure activities have been canceled during this declared epidemic,” Collins said. “We will focus on providing individual activities to maintain social engagement. ”

The facilities operated by Revera in Ontario and Alberta have been the subject of class actions by families alleging that these care homes mismanaged their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and contributed to the illness and death of families. residents.

The allegations in these lawsuits have not been proven in court. None of the plaintiffs’ representatives in the class actions are from British Columbia or do business with nursing homes based in British Columbia.

The outbreak at the Arbutus Care Center means the total number of outbreaks in the BC health care system remains at nine. The VCH bulletin announcing the strawberry tree outbreak also said that the outbreak protocols at the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Center in Vancouver were lifted on Saturday.

There were nine healthcare outbreaks in British Columbia in the last update from provincial health officials on Friday, including seven in long-term care facilities and two in acute care units.

Health officials will present their next update on the province’s response to COVID-19 on Monday.

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