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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna care home

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November 04, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in a Kelowna long-term care home.

The health authority declared the outbreak at the Village at Mill Creek after conducting a public health investigation, according to a media release from IH.

Two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and there are no cases among residents at this time.

"We continue to monitor the situation, while implementing additional infection control and preventative measures. The two positive cases were exposed outside of the workplace," IH said in a release.

The announcement comes a day after the health authority announced it was investigating a COVID-19 case at a seperate care home.

To protect the safety of all residents, outbreak protocols have been implemented including a temporary pause in visits.

"We are directly contacting anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to ensure they are also taking appropriate precautions (self-isolation or monitoring) as required," according to IH.

To date, no long-term care residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at any homes in the health authority.

The Village at Mill Creek has 96 publicly funded long-term care beds. It is owned and operated by Baptist Housing Enhanced Living Communities.

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