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.
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.