Second COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna long-term care home, visits halted

An outbreak has been declared at Kelowna’s Orchard Manor long-term care home after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Interior Health said no residents have tested positive for the virus or are experiencing symptoms at this time. However, visits to the home have been halted for now.

Officials said that the outbreak is contained to Orchard Manor, although the facility is connected through a common building to Hawthorn Park, which provides independent and assisted living services.

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Interior Health said it will continue to work with operator Verve Senior Living to monitor the situation.

Additional infection control and preventive measures have been implemented and contact tracing is underway, according to a news release.

It’s the second outbreak at the facility since the beginning of the pandemic.

Interior Health declared the first outbreak over in May, with only one staff case reported.

To help prevent the spread of the virus, health officials said they are ensuring staff only work at one care home.

To date, no long-term care residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at any homes in Interior Health.

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