Advertisement

More than a third of residents at Vancouver long-term care home have died from COVID-19

Click to play video: 'B.C. gov’t criticized for lack of LTC info, Dix provides surgical renewal plan' B.C. gov’t criticized for lack of LTC info, Dix provides surgical renewal plan
Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey has more on the growing calls for more COVID-19 transparency in B.C. care homes and the update from Health Minister Adrian Dix on how the province has now caught up on 90 percent of surgeries that were earlier postponed or cancelled. – Jan 6, 2021

Tragedy continues to strike a Vancouver long-term care home that’s become the latest epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forty-one residents of Little Mountain Place, a facility for seniors in the Riley Park neighbourhood, have died due to complications from the virus, Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed on Wednesday. That is up from 38 residents reported on Monday.

The health authority said 99 of 114 residents, and 70 staff, have tested positive.

Click to play video: 'Questions arise about releasing data for B.C. long-term care facility Little Mountain Place' Questions arise about releasing data for B.C. long-term care facility Little Mountain Place
Questions arise about releasing data for B.C. long-term care facility Little Mountain Place – Jan 4, 2021

Read more: ‘Incredibly lethal’ outbreak at Vancouver long-term care home raises questions of transparency

Story continues below advertisement

Speaking on Monday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry called the outbreak at Little Mountain “incredibly lethal.”

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]

Coastal Health officials have said outbreak control measures have been adjusted to protect the safety of residents and staff, and that residents’ family members are given regular updates to ensure they have accurate information.

Questions were raised about transparency around long-term care outbreaks when daily updates were stopped a few months ago.

Henry said as the number of cases in long-term outbreaks grew, health officials had to supply aggregate numbers on long-term care outbreaks on a daily basis and then periodically provide more detailed statistics.

She added it was not a policy change.

– with files from Jon Azpiri

Sponsored content