COVID-19 outbreak declared at Vernon care home

Ten people, comprising residents and staff, at Heritage Square have tested positive for the disease.

Interior Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Heritage Square in Vernon.

Four staff members and six residents have tested positive for the disease. All individuals in close contact with those who have tested positive are in self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms. Families of residents who have tested positive have been contacted directly.

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Interior Health and the care home management 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.

Heritage Square is a private long-term care and assisted- living facility operated by Kaigo. The six residents who have tested positive all reside in the long-term care areas of the facility, which is on 27th Avennue in Vernon. The operator has implemented a temporary stop to all visits across the site as an added precaution.

Interior Health has frequently updated COVID-19 information on its website at


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