In Interior Health, 10 people died from COVID-19 between Dec. 24 and Dec. 29, bringing to 28 the number of people in the health region who have succumbed to the disease.
Of the 10 latest deaths, four were at McKinney Place long-term care home in Oliver, three were in the community and there were one each at Mountainview Village in Kelowna, at Village by the Station in Penticton and at Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna, all long-term care homes.
Interior Health has 623 active cases, with 33 people in hospital, of whom six are in intensive care.
“Our sincere condolences go to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and, as well, to the caregivers who looked after them,” Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said in a statement.
“As outbreaks continue to occur in long-term care facilities, it demonstrates again how deadly this virus can be, in particular for our elders. I encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This is why it is so essential that each of us continue to stringently follow the public health guidance we know stops the spread of COVID-19.”
Update on Interior Health outbreaks:
• Noric House long-term care in Vernon has six cases: five residents and one staff.
• Heritage Square long-term care in Vernon has 10 cases: six residents and four staff.
• Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna has 30 cases: 25 residents and five staff. There has been one death connected to this outbreak.
• Teck mining operations has 16 IH cases linked to the outbreak.
• McKinney Place long-term care in Oliver remains at 75 cases: 54 residents and 21 staff. There have been 12 deaths connected to this outbreak.
• Village by the Station long-term care in Penticton has nine cases: five residents and four staff. There has been one death connected to this outbreak.
• Mountainview Village long-term care in Kelowna has at 16 cases: eight residents and eight staff. There have been two deaths connected to this outbreak.
• Big White: There are 15 new cases associated with the cluster a the ski resort near Kelowna, for a total of 111 cases.