Interior Health now dealing with 10 COVID-19 outbreaks

Nine of the outbreaks are in long-term care homes, none of which are in Kamloops.

There have been 71 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health (from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6), bringing to 4,310 the total number of cases in the health region. There has also been another death — involving a resident in the Heritage Square long-term care home in Vernon — bringing to 34 the number of people in Interior Health who have died of the disease.

“Sadly, today we report another COVID-related death in long-term care. I want to take the time to offer my condolences to the loved ones and caregivers,” Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said. “We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Interior Health, so please, stay home if you are feeling unwell, get tested and use your layers of protection.”

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In Interior Health, there are 785 active cases, with 33 people in hospital, nine of whom are in intensive care.

There remain a number of COVID-19 outbreaks in the health region:

• An outbreak has been declared at Sunnybank long-term care in Oliver, with four staff cases connected to it.

• Creekside Landing long-term care in Vernon has 13 cases: 10 residents and three staff.

• Williams Lake Seniors Village has two cases: one resident and one staff.

• Noric House long-term care in Vernon has 10 cases: eight residents and two staff.

• Heritage Square long-term care in Vernon has 31 cases: 21 residents and 10 staff, with two deaths connected to the outbreak.

• Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna has 42 cases: 37 residents and five staff, with one death connected to the outbreak.

• Teck mining operations in the Elk Valley in the Kootenays remain at 16 IH cases.

• McKinney Place long-term care in Oliver has 77 cases: 54 residents and 23 staff, with 13 deaths connected to the outbreak.

• Village by the Station long-term care in Penticton has nine cases: five residents and four staff, with one death connected to this outbreak.

• Mountainview Village long-term care in Kelowna has 16 cases: eight residents and eight staff, with two deaths connected to the outbreak.

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