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Hamlets outbreak now official with four cases; Seniors Village outbreak grows to 10

An outbreak of COVID-19 has now officially been declared at The Hamlets care home in Westsyde, while another at an Aberdeen care home continues to grow. In an email, an Interior Health spokesperson confirmed the outbreak was declared Sept.
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The Hamlets at Westsyde is a privately operated long-term care home and assisted-living facility. The Hamlets and other care homes in B.C. were permitted to have visitors, effective April 1, 2021, following a year without visits due to the pandemic.

An outbreak of COVID-19 has now officially been declared at The Hamlets care home in Westsyde, while another at an Aberdeen care home continues to grow.

In an email, an Interior Health spokesperson confirmed the outbreak was declared Sept. 3 following an investigation into four positive cases.

Three residents and one staff member at the Westsyde facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

An outbreak will remain in place until 28 days following the last positive test.

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

In an email to residents’ families, first reported by another local news outlet on Aug. 31, 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.

Meanwhile at Kamloops Seniors Village, another staff member tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sept. 2, bringing that outbreak to 10 cases.

In total, seven residents, one of whom has died from the virus, and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at KSV.

The latest staff member to test positive did so from a rapid test being administered to all employees who’ve worked in the 1B and 1C complex care neighbourhoods since Aug. 3. The two care units have been locked down, with residents confined to their rooms.

The staff member last worked Aug. 27 in the 1A complex care neighbourhood, the residents of which have been isolated to the unit, with recreational activities and visitors banned as precautionary measures given the positive test. Banned visits and recreation are also in effect for 1B and 1C, to which the outbreak label applies.

The other wards of KSV are not considered part of the outbreak and therefore visits and recreational activities have not been cancelled for those residents.

The extent of protocols in place at The Hamlets is currently unclear.

KTW is still awaiting a call back from Hamlets general manager Bob Attfield regarding case counts and safety protocols in place at the Westsyde care home.

The first two reported cases at KSV were amongst two 1C staff members — including one who was fully vaccinated — and came to the attention of that facility’s administration Aug. 19, but IH did not declare an outbreak there until Aug. 27.

On Aug. 25, IH recommended testing of residents in 1C and 1B, which found three positive cases. After the outbreak was declared, subsequent testing revealed four more residents had the virus before another staff member was found to have COVID-19 Sept. 2.