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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Keremeos long-term care home

April 24, 2021 - 10:48 AM

A COVID-19 outbreak affecting two people has been declared at a Keremeos long-term care home.

One staff member and one resident have tested positive for COVID-19 at Orchard Haven, according to Interior Health. Contact tracing is occurring and anyone in close contact with these individuals are provided direction on self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms.

Orchard Haven is a long-term care facility operated by Interior Health. It has 38 publicly-funded long-term care beds.

The health authority is monitoring the situation while implementing infection control and preventive measures. To protect the safety of all residents, outbreak protocols are in place, including a pause in all visits at this site.

Interior Health continues to take steps to protect the health of all staff, individuals in care and families at long-term care homes. This includes:

• Ensuring long-term care staff members are only working at one care home (as per the provincial single site order).
• Monitoring of all residents for respiratory symptoms and doing COVID-19 testing on anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.
• Enhanced cleaning protocols and COVID-19 visitor policies.
• Offering vaccine to all residents and staff.

Everyone in all communities should remain vigilant in following COVID-19 precautions by keeping to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings, staying home when you are sick and get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, practicing physical distancing and use a mask if you cannot, washing your hands often and avoiding non-essential travel.

COVID-19 tests can be booked online or by calling 1-877-740-7747.


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