Interior Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at The Hamlets at Westsyde

Interior Health said only the one staff member has thus far tested positive for COVID-19, noting no residents are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive.

Interior Health has now declared a COVID-19 outbreak in units C1 and C2 at The Hamlets at Westsyde long-term care home after a care-aide tested positive for the disease.

Interior Health said only the one staff member has thus far tested positive for COVID-19, noting no residents are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive.

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The health authority said additional infection control and preventive measures have been implemented, with outbreak protocols in the affected units including a temporary pause in visits.

Interior Health is contacting anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to ensure they are also taking appropriate precautions — such as self-isolation or monitoring — as required.

Other steps Interior Health continues to take include:

• Ensuring long-term care staff are only working at one care home, as per the provincial single site order.

• Monitoring all residents for respiratory symptoms and conducting COVID-19 testing on anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.

• Enhanced cleaning protocols and COVID-19 visitor policies.

To date, no long-term care residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at any homes in Interior Health

The Hamlets at Westsyde is privately owned and operated with 109 publicly funded long-term care beds.

In a Nov. 14 letter to families of residents at The Hamlets — obtained by KTW — general manager Bob Attfield said an Interior Health medical health officer confirmed the positive COVID-19 test.

“The Hamlets at Westsyde has been preparing for this situation since the very early days of Covid-19, please rest assured that all of our team is working around the clock to protect your loved one,” Attfield said in the letter.

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