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Four more deaths due to COVID-19 at Oliver extended care home

Interior Health reports four more deaths at Oliver's McKinney Place long term care home today, Dec. 21, 2020.
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December 21, 2020 - 4:45 PM

An outbreak of COVID-19 at an Oliver long-term care home took four more lives over the weekend.

Interior Health reports today, Dec. 21, the COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place extended care in Oliver is now up to 73 cases, and a death toll of seven.

Fifty-three residents and 20 staff have been infected so far in the outbreak at the Oliver facility which began on Dec. 6.

READ MORE: 1,667 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since Friday; 41 deaths

“Today is our most tragic report since the beginning of this devastating pandemic," Interior Health Authority president and CEO Susan Brown said in a media release.

"It’s never easy to lose a member of our community, especially now after we have come so far in the fight against COVID-19. I urge everyone to redouble your efforts and focus on the important public health guidance that can prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that we may protect ourselves and loved ones this holiday season.”

McKinney Place is operated by Interior Health and is connected to South Okanagan General Hospital. The long-term care section has 61 residents in the 75 publicly funded long-term care beds. The hospital is not included in the outbreak.

An outbreak at Village by the Station long-term care home in Penticton remains at four cases with two residents and two staff infected.

The outbreak at Mountainview Village long-term care home in Kelowna is responsible for one death so far. Fourteen people have tested positive including seven residents and seven staff.

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