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8 COVID-19 outbreaks remain at care homes, hospital across Interior

The Hamlets at Westsyde care home in Kamloops
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Interior Health is listing seven long-term care homes and one hospital in the region that still have COVID-19 outbreaks.

The latest outbreak was announced April 28 at the Sun Point Village long-term and assisted living home in Kelowna. On April 27, the health authority also announced an outbreak at Brookhaven, a long-term care home in Kelowna.

Fernie’s Rocky Mountain Village, an assisted-living facility,  had an outbreak April 27.

Vernon Jubilee Hospital still has an outbreak in its 3 North medical unit that was announced April 21. An outbreak at the Kelowna General Hospital has since ended.

In the North Okanagan, The Hamlets at Vernon has an outbreak that was announced April 20 in the long-term care home’s Ellison and Nicola units and assisted living area.

Penticton’s Haven Hill long-term care home has had an outbreak since April 19. Kelowna’s Brandt's Creek Mews care home has had one since April 14.

The Hamlets at Westsyde in Kamloops currently has the longest ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, announced April 7 in the long-term care home.

Over the past three weeks, 34 people have died in the Interior Health region from COVID-19, according to data released by the B.C. Centre of Disease Control, April 28.

READ MORE: 34 COVID deaths in Interior Health over past three weeks

There were 12 deaths in the week ending Saturday, April 23, in the region and 11 in each of the previous two weeks. There were 355 COVID hospital admissions last week and 300 the week before. In the Interior Health region, there were 65 last week and 54 the week before.

These numbers are revised each week. For example, last week’s COVID update reported 238 hospital admissions in B.C. but it shows 300 this week.

The data released also shows case counts but those are limited to people who tested positive with PCR tests, not those who self-tested and did not report the results to health officials. That means the real number of cases may be four or five times higher.

The data release shows a gradual increase in cases in B.C. to 2,276 last week from 1,770 during the week of April 3 to 9.

In the Interior Health region, there were 598 cases recorded last week and 582 the week before.

Only 52% of B.C. residents have received three doses of the vaccine. The rate in Interior Health is 48%.


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