Spring Valley Care Center
The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths at Spring Valley Care Center in Rutland continues to rise, but Dr Albert de Villiers of Interior Healths says the majority of cases remain asymptomatic.
On Friday, 35 residents and 12 staff / other members of the Rutland long-term care home have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak was first declared on April 28. Eight of the residents who tested positive for the virus have since died. .
IH chief medical officer of health Dr De Villiers said on Friday that about half of the people who died at the facility had not been vaccinated, “for various reasons.”
As he has noted in the past, other people who have contracted COVID-19 and died in long-term care homes may not have shown any symptoms of the virus itself.
“This is a facility where there are elderly people who also have concomitant illnesses, and some of those who died were in palliative care before they received COVID,” said Dr de Villiers.
Over the past week, nine other residents have tested positive at the facility.
“Most of the increase was asymptomatic,” said Dr. de Villiers. “We go there every week or every two weeks depending on the facility and the outbreak, and we retest everyone, even if they are asymptomatic.”
He added that about 60 to 70 percent of people who tested positive at the facility were asymptomatic.
Transmission remains high in Rutland, with 59 new cases in the region between May 11 and May 17, the highest in the region.
About 47% of the region’s adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Although this is less than the surrounding parts of the central Okanagan, Dr de Villiers noted that they have made extra efforts to get people vaccinated in Rutland, and that the proportion of people vaccinated there has increased. dramatically in recent weeks.
“We’re definitely going the extra mile and spending more time at the clinic in Kelowna in particular,” he said. “There will also be a special event next Wednesday to put a little emphasis on the Rutland community at the clinic.
To date, nearly 450,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the interior health region.