Staff member at Kamloops Seniors Village tests positive for COVID-19

No residents or other staff members have shown signs or symptoms of the disease and no outbreak has been declared. The staffer remains at home, in isolation and doing well.

A staff member at Kamloops Seniors Village in Aberdeen has tested positive for COVID-19 and remains at home, in isolation and doing well.

And, as of Thursday (Jan. 7), no residents or other staff members had shown signs or symptoms of the disease and no outbreak has been declared.

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“As of right now, good processes, good results,” said Barbara Barry, director of communications for Retirement Concepts, the company that operates Kamloops Seniors Village and a number of other care homes in B.C.

Th staff member last worked on Dec. 27 in the 2B neighbourhood on residential care.

In a statement posted to the seniors’ facility’s website, Kamloops Seniors Village general manager Lisa Robitaille said the staff member was wearing proper and required personal protective equipment at all times and only worked in the 2B location.

Robitaille said that, as a precaution, all visitations to the Hugh Allan Drive seniors’ residence have been cancelled.

Robitaille said staff continue to wear appropriate personal protective equipment at all times and continue to follow hand-hygiene practices.

“The staff will continue co-horting to their respective neighbourhoods to decrease any transmission,” Robitaille wrote in a statement posted to the seniors’ facility’s website. “We also have additional housekeeping staff for enhanced cleaning and to allow for staff-floor grouping.”

Barry told KTW that, barring a change in testing results, the facility will be able to revert to essential visitors on Monday, Jan. 11.

“We really feel hand-hygiene processes and the proper of putting on and taking off PPE is crucial,” Barry said. “We even have people on staff who monitor each other, to make sure everyone is doing what they should be doing. We are doing what the health authorities tell us we need to be doing.”

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