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South Okanagan long-term care home resident dies of COVID-19

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December 15, 2020 - 4:49 PM

A woman in her 70s has died at a long-term care home in Oliver.

An outbreak at McKinney Place Extended Care grew to 53 cases this week and today, Dec. 15, Interior Health reported one of the residents, a woman in her 70s, had died.

“This has been our most challenging long-term care outbreak and we offer our condolences to the family and the caregivers,” Interior Health Authority president and CEO Susan Brown said in a media release.

“This is our seventh COVID-19 death in the Interior and we must all continue to do our part and follow the public health advice to protect our most vulnerable loved ones.”

So far, 38 residents and 15 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the long-term care home.

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.

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