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Outbreak declared at Kelowna long-term care home

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November 13, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Interior Health has declared an outbreak at a long-term care home in Kelowna.

The public health authority declared the outbreak in the Belgo unit at the Sun Pointe Village long-term care home after conducting a public health investigation, according to IH in a media release.

One staff member has tested positive for the virus and no residents have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms at this time. The health authority continues to monitor the situation and is implementing additional infection control and preventive measures including a temporary pause in visits, according to the release.

IH is directly contacting anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to ensure they are also taking appropriate precautions as required and the health authority continues to take steps to protect the health of all staff, individuals in care and families at long-term care homes.

This includes ensuring that long-term care workers are only working at one care home, monitoring residents for respiratory symptoms and doing COVID-19 testing on individuals who have any COVID-19 symptoms and having enhanced cleaning protocols and COVID-19 visitor policies.

No long-term care residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at any homes in the health authority.

Sun Pointe Village has 100 publicly funded long-term care beds. It is owned and operated by Baptist Housing Enhanced Living Communities.

The heath authority is reporting 42 new cases today, Nov. 13 for a total of 1,001 since the start of the pandemic.

More information about COVID-19 can be found on the health authority's website.


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