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Coronavirus: Outbreak declared at long-term care home in Kelowna

According to Interior Health, a staff member at Sun Pointe Village in Kelowna has tested positive for COVID-19. Google Maps

A single, confirmed case of COVID-19 has resulted in an outbreak being declared at a long-term care home in Kelowna.

On Friday, Interior Health announced that a staff member in the Belgo unit at Sun Pointe Village has tested positive for COVID-19.

The health agency says no residents have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms at this time, adding it will “continue to monitor the situation while implementing additional infection control and preventive measures.”

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Interior Health said it declared the outbreak after conducting a thorough investigation, and that contact tracing is underway.

It also said “to protect the safety of all residents, outbreak protocols have been implemented, including a temporary pause in visits.”

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Located on Rutland Road North, Sun Pointe Village has 100 publicly-funded long-term care beds, and is owned and operated by Baptist Housing Enhanced Living Communities.

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Interior Health says steps it is taking to protect staff and individuals in care homes include:

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  • Ensuring long-term care staff are only working at one care home (as per the provincial single site order).
  • Monitoring of all residents for respiratory symptoms
  • Doing COVID-19 testing on individuals who have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols and COVID-19 visitor policies.

Interior Health said to date, no long-term care residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at any homes within the Interior Health region.

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Also Friday, IH reported 31 new cases in the region, plus another 11 that weren’t listed on Thursday due to a reporting error.

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Since the pandemic began, the region’s total has reached 1,001 cases.

Currently, there are 173 active cases, with one person in intensive care isolation.

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