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COVID-19 outbreak declared at West Van's Capilano Care Centre

Two staff at the seniors home have tested positive for the virus
Capilano Care Centre

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the 205-bed Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver.

A letter was sent to families of residents Tuesday, Nov. 10 by medical health officer Dr. Mark Lysyshyn after two staff members at the seniors home on Clyde Avenue tested positive for COVID-19.

So far there has been no mention of residents at the care home testing positive for the virus.

The outbreak means residents will have to stay in their rooms and receive meals there and there will be restrictions on group activities, according to the letter sent to families.

It also means family members will not be allowed to visit during the outbreak.

The Capilano Care Centre is operated by a private company, Revera, under contract to the government, and has both private and shared rooms.

Revera currently faces a class action lawsuit in Ontario in the deaths of elderly residents who died of coronavirus in Revera-run homes in that province.

An outbreak at a North Shore care home is ominous news as numbers of new daily cases rise in the Lower Mainland.

The North Shore was the first community in the country to be affected by a care home outbreak, when the virus tore through the Lynn Valley Care Centre at the beginning of March.

Altogether, 28 elderly residents on the North Shore died of the virus in three separate North Vancouver seniors' homes, including Lynn Valley Care Centre, Berkley Care Centre and Amica’s Edgemont retirement home.

Other North Shore care homes hit by outbreaks this spring during the first wave of the pandemic included Evergreen House, Hollyburn House and Inglewood Care Centre.

The last outbreak - at North Vancouver's Berkley Care Centre – was declared over June 5.

An outbreak at North Vancouver's Lions Gate Hospital - which killed nine of the 16 patients who caught the virus - was also declared over May 22.

As of Tuesday, 33 long-term care or assisted-living facilities in the province and six acute-care facilities have active COVID-19 outbreaks.