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12 test positive for COVID-19 at Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna

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March 07, 2021 - 4:33 PM

A Kelowna long-term care facility that had 82 per cent of its population immunized against COVID-19 has suffered an outbreak.

Two staff members and 10 residents at Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna tested positive for COVID-19, Interior Health said in a press release.

"Contact tracing is occurring and anyone in close contact with these individuals will be contacted and provided direction on self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms," reads the

"Cottonwood Care Centre is a long-term care facility operated by Interior Health. It has 221 publicly-funded long-term care beds. Interior Health will continue to monitor the situation while implementing additional infection control and preventive measures."

According to a report published by the BCCDC Feb. 15, there are 268 patients at Cottonwoods. Of those, 220 were vaccinated against COVID-19, amounting to 82 per cent of the population.

Outbreak protocols are in place, including a pause in all visits.

More than 30,000 residents of long-term care homes and nearly 6,000 residents of assisted-living facilities in B.C. received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control by the end of February.

That is 91 per cent of all long-term care residents in the province and 95 per cent of all residents of assisted-living facilities.


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