VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at three separate facilities within the region.
An outbreak has been declared on the second floor of Kopernik Lodge after four residents tested positive for COVID-19 and on 2 South at Lakeview Long Term Care Home after 11 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Outbreak measures have been implemented at Kopernik Lodge and Lakeview, and all group activities have been suspended. Visits to both facilities have been paused, and visits to the second floor at Kopernik Lodge and activities on 2 South at Lakeview are suspended until outbreak measures are lifted.
An outbreak has also been declared on the fifth floor of the Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre after two residents tested positive for COVID-19. The fifth floor is closed to new admissions and transfers at this time. All non-essential visits have been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted.
VCH immediately implemented strict infection prevention and control protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. These include:
Careful monitoring of residents, staff and physicians
Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces
Cohorting of staff to the affected areas when possible
Closing the affected unit to resident admissions and transfers
The health and safety of residents and clients in our care is always our top priority, and VCH is monitoring the situation closely at all three facilities. Residents, clients and their families have been notified and we appreciate their ongoing support and understanding. We also appreciate the ongoing efforts of staff, who are working diligent to provide safe, quality care.
VCH is responsible for the delivery of $4.1 billion in community, hospital and long-term care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola. VCH also provides specialized care and services for people throughout B.C., and is the province's hub of health-care education and research.