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Maple Ridge long-term care home has 15 COVID-19 cases

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Apr 22, 2020 at 10:59 am PDT

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community is located on 224th Street in Maple Ridge. (Courtesy Chartwell Willow Retirement Community)

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community has confirmed 12 residents, three staff tested positive for COVID-19

Chartwell Willow following all public health recommendations

The province initially announced an outbreak of COVID-19 at Chartwell Willow on Monday

MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) — A long-term care home in Maple Ridge has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The cases involve 12 Chartwell Willow Retirement Community residents and three staff members, says Sharon Ranalli with the residences in an email.

She adds Chartwell Willow remains vigilant in efforts to manage the outbreak.

“We continue to follow infection control protocols, enhanced resident monitoring, including temperature and symptom checks, active screening of staff, isolation strategies in the full building, including long-term care staff using a separate entrance and the use of personal protective equipment.”

Ranalli also says Chartwell Willow is following all recommendations of the chief medical officer and public health.

The province initially announced an outbreak of COVID-19 at Chartwell Willow on Monday.

On Tuesday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported outbreaks remain at 20 long-term care and assisted-living facilities in B.C.

The majority of the 87 deaths from COVID-19 in B.C. so far have been seniors, many linked to care homes.

Canada has recorded more than 38,400 cases of COVID-19 and 1,834 deaths, so far.

More than 576,000 COVID-19 tests have also been conducted across the country, with six per cent positive for the virus.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Wednesday the first hard lesson Canada learned in trying to slow the spread of COVID-19 is how one or two cases in a long-term care setting can accelerate into larger outbreaks, with devastating consequences.

“But this was just a start in what has grown into a bigger problem and a driving force behind the epidemiology of COVID-19 in Canada’s most hard-hit provinces,” she added.

“The fact is that in closed spaces with large populations that share common areas and can’t maintain optimal physical distances are at risk of outbreaks,” Tam said.

“To prevent similar outbreaks in shelters and other crowed living conditions, we’ve got to build up protections and address vulnerabilities.”

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community offers long-term care and independent living at its locations in Maple Ridge.