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Third death from COVID-19 at Overlander Residential Care

Cases have grown to 26 with three deaths — 20 residents and six staff — since the outbreak was declared on Sept. 19
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Another person has died from COVID-19 at Overlander Residential Care in Brocklehurst, while a COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital has been declared over.

Interior Health confirmed the death and declared the outbreak in the hospital’s unit 6 North over on Oct. 8, after experiencing no growth for nearly two weeks following two patients testing positive for the disease. The health authority reported on Sept. 28 it had been investigating that initial exposure, upgrading it to an outbreak.

It was the third outbreak of COVID-19 to be declared at RIH this year, all three of which have occurred in the sixth floor.

Meanwhile, there remains an outbreak at Overlander Residential Care on Southill Street, where one more person has died, bringing to three the number of residents who have passed away at the facility during the outbreak. Cases have grown from 25 with two deaths to 26 with three deaths — 20 residents and six staff — since the outbreak was declared on Sept. 19.

Two other COVID-19 outbreaks in Kamloops care homes were recently declared over — at The Hamlets at Westsyde, where six people contracted the virus, and at Kamloops Seniors Village, which involved 10 staff and 10 residents and resulted in the death of a palliative-care resident.