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B.C. announces COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care home

Last Updated Mar 7, 2020 at 8:23 pm PDT

Summary

Two seniors living at a long term care home are now the latest cases of COVID-19 in B.C.

Provincial Health Officer says the pair lived at the Lynn Valley Care Centre, and were infected by a staff member

Dr Henry is urging those with autoimmune disorders as well as seniors to rethink crowded public gatherings

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A long term care home in North Vancouver is now the site of a COVID-19 outbreak, with two residents testing positive for the virus.

The pair was infected by a staff member at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the centre is essentially on lockdown as they try to prevent the virus from spreading to seniors.

Henry became emotional Saturday morning as she described the risk posed to vulnerable residents.

“At this time, I am asking people to consider having virtual gatherings, to consider not coming together, particularly is you have people who are elderly, who are more susceptible to having severe illness from this disease.”

She says Vancouver Coastal Health working to track down where the infected staff member worked, trying to ensure other care homes are not at risk.

“Many people who work at care homes work in many other settings as well. So there is an ongoing, very detailed investigation that will be done by teams from Vancouver Coastal Health (so) that we can ensure to link where everybody works from that care home.”

She adds the risk for elderly people having COVID-19 is extremely concerning as they are likely to experience severe symptoms.

On Saturday, the province also announced four other new cases of the virus, including two people connected to a trip to Iran, and two passengers on the Grand Princess Cruise ship quarantined near San Francisco.

Henry says of the 27 people who have now tested positive for the new coronavirus in B.C., four have recovered, and three are currently in hospital, with one woman in her 80s in an intensive care unit.