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Coronavirus: COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Vernon, B.C., long-term care facility

Interior Health has declared the outbreak over at Vernon's Creekside Landing facility. Courtesy: Google Maps

Interior Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at Vernon’s Creekside Landing, a long-term care facility.

A total of 40 cases were connected to the care home, including 25 residents and 15 staff.

Two deaths were linked to the outbreak.

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“I want to thank the team at Creekside Landing who worked hard with public health to manage this challenging outbreak,” Susan Brown, Interior Health president and CEO, said in a news release. .

“While it’s a relief to see this long-term care outbreak come to a close, we also send our condolences to the loved ones and caregivers of those who passed away.”

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The outbreak was first declared at the beginning of January, when two staff and two residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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“As COVID-19 vaccination continues to roll out, we are protecting more of our most vulnerable members of our communities and seeing a decrease in long-term care infections,” said Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer.

Creekside Landing is privately-owned and operated by Kaigo Retirement Communities, with 70 publicly-funded long-term care beds.

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