COVID-19 outbreak declared at second Vernon long-term care home

One staff member and five residents tested positive at Noric House. Vernon’s Heritage Square also has an outbreak.

Interior Health has confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Noric House in Vernon — the second outbreak at a care home in the Norrh Okanagan city in as many days.

One staff member and five residents have tested positive for the disease.

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“All individuals in close contact with these individuals are in self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms,” Interior Health said in a release. “Families of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been contacted directly.”

Interior Health has implemented a temporary stop to all visits across the site as an added precaution.

Noric House is an Interior Health-owned and operated care home, with 85 publicly funded beds.

Interior Health will continue to monitor the situation while implementing additional infection control and preventive measures. This includes monitoring of all residents for respiratory symptoms and doing COVID-19 testing on anyone with COVID-19 symptoms and enhanced cleaning protocols and COVID-19 visitor policies.

Interior Health has frequently updated COVID-19 information on its public website www.interiorhealth.ca.

An outbreak was declared on Sunday, Dec. 27, at Heritage Square in Vernon, a facility operated by Kaigo. Four staff members and six residents there have tested positive for COVID-19.

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