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COVID-19 outbreaks ongoing at two Kamloops care homes

Kamloops Seniors Village and The Hamlets at Westsyde have at least 18 people infected between them, with at least one death recorded at Kamloops Seniors Village.
Kamloops Seniors Village
Kamloops Seniors Village is at 1220 Hugh Allan Drive in Aberdeen.

COVID-19 outbreaks are ongoing at two Kamloops care homes — Kamloops Seniors Village (KSV) and The Hamlets at Westsyde — with at least 18 people infected between the facilities.

There has been at least one death connected with the outbreak at KSV.

Over the weekend, three more KSV staff who last worked between Sept. 1 and Sept. 3 and one resident of the 1C complex care neighbourhood tested positive for the virus, bringing to 14 the number of cases at the Aberdeen facility— eight cases amongst residents and six amongst staff, as of Sept. 5, according to an emailed update from KSV.

Eleven of the cases remain active — six amongst residents and five involving, all of whom are isolating.

An outbreak has been declared in the 1B and 1C complex care units of KSV, a declaration in place since Aug. 27, although cases began emerging among staff on Aug. 19.

As a result, 1B and 1C residents and staff have been isolated and visitation and recreational activities have been cancelled.

The 1A complex care unit has also been locked down, with visitation and activities suspended after a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 worked in the unit during the two-week exposure window. But 1A is not considered part of the outbreak.

The measures and the outbreak do not apply to the other wards at Kamloops Seniors Village.

An outbreak of COVID-19 was officially declared at The Hamlets on Sept. 3 following an investigation into four positive cases.

Three residents and one staff member at the Westyde facility have tested for COVID-19 as of Sept. 3.

Interior Health has not said when the Westsyde cases occurred, but began investigating after an “exposure event” at the facility.

The facility appears to have been dealing with the cases since at least Aug. 31.

In an email to residents’ families, first reported by another local news outlet on Aug. 31, The Hamlets general manager Bob Attfield said, at that time, that while a medical health officer had yet to declare an outbreak, the facility was treating the exposure as such by banning visitors to the site, including essential visitations to both long-term care and assisted living residents.

The two outbreaks will remain in place until 28 days following the last positive test.