COVID-19 case confirmed at West Vancouver's Inglewood Care Home

Health officials have confirmed that COVID-19 had been detected at another long-term care home on the North Shore.

Vancouver Coastal Health advised families in a letter on Sunday that “there is a declared outbreak of COVID-19 at Inglewood Care Centre” in West Vancouver.

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As of Sunday, one staff member at the long-term care home had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Inglewood is the third long-term care facility on the North Shore where there has been an outbreak of coronavirus.

The worst hit has been the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, where more than 42 residents and 19 staff have been infected. At least 12 elderly residents have died.

Vancouver Coastal Health did not immediately respond to a request for updated numbers of either infections or deaths at the care centre.

Hollyburn Care Home in West Vancouver has recorded two people who tested positive for COVID-19 – one elderly resident and one health-care worker – after another worker who was also employed at Lynn Valley Care Centre apparently spread the virus between the two facilities.

Since then, provincial officials have ordered that staff may only work at one care facility at a time.

According to the letter to families from medical health officer Dr. Michael Schwandt, measures put in place at Inglewood to control the spread of the virus mean some residents will be confined to their rooms. Family members are also no longer allowed to visit, except in “exceptional circumstances,” including end-of-life visits for residents who are dying.

According to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, 13 long-term care and assisted living homes in British Columbia have had confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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