Slow growth as city's four active COVID-19 outbreaks wind down

Outbreaks in Kamloops have produced few cases this week, but many have active cases that remain.

The city has four active outbreaks, including Royal Inland Hospital, Highridge Home and Singh House, Westsyde Care Residences and Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre.

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None of those four outbreaks has produced a case since the first report from Interior Health this week on Tuesday, with only modest gains reported then.

The outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital stands at 105 cases, with 69 staff and 36 patients testing positive there and one death associated with the outbreak. Ten active cases remain.

A recent round of testing, involving 60 staff who were not showing symptoms, rendered no positive cases.

Karen Bloemink, Interior Health's vice-president of pandemic response, said things aren't quite back to normal at the hospital just yet, however, with surgery schedule changes still being made.

At Highridge Home and Singh House in the Parkcrest area, there have been 13 cases to date, with three new cases reported over the weekend period. Those cases include five residents and eight staff at the group home. Interior Health says there are five active cases.

Westsyde Care Residences has nine active cases of the 30 total there, including one death linked. One new case was reported over the weekend period. That outbreak has affected 16 residents and 14 staff at the group home.

Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre saw one further case over the long-weekend period and stands at 32 cases, with 24 residents and eight staff testing positive and two deaths connected to the outbreak. Seven cases remain active in connection to the outbreak.

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