COVID-19 outbreaks at Okanagan LTC facilities different than pre-vaccine era, IHA says

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Outbreaks of COVID-19 astatine 2 Central Okanagan semipermanent attraction facilities person grown, with much lawsuit numbers since some were declared astir a week ago.

Last Monday, the Interior Health Authority (IHA) declared an outbreak astatine the Brookhaven Care Centre successful West Kelowna with 7 affirmative cases involving 4 residents and 3 staff.

As of Tuesday afternoon, that fig had grown to 22 cases, 5 residents and 17 staff.

Last Wednesday, IHA declared an outbreak astatine the Cottonwoods Care Centre successful Kelowna confirming 2 affirmative cases, some involving residents.

There are present 11 cases astatine Cottonwoods, 8 residents and 3 unit members.

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“It’s not ideal. I privation to admit that it’s atrocious quality for the families and residents due to the fact that outbreaks successful semipermanent attraction mean isolation and restrictions,” said Dr. Silvina Mema, aesculapian wellness serviceman with IHA.

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“However, these outbreaks are looking precise antithetic from the outbreaks of the pre-vaccine era.”

Mema said astir cases are either mild oregon asymptomatic.

“We judge the vaccine is making a immense quality successful presumption of outcomes,” she told Global News. “If we did not person the vaccine, we would beryllium seeing galore much cases among staff, galore much cases among residents, hospitalizations and deaths and we are truly not seeing that successful the discourse of these outbreaks.”

Mema said the cases are among some fully-vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

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She added that much than 95 per cent of residents astatine the 2 homes are afloat vaccinated. That number, she said, is astir 75 per cent among the staff.

“We are putting tons of effort into encouraging vaccination for semipermanent attraction workers,” she said.

“It is precise important that workers successful semipermanent attraction are vaccinated due to the fact that that prevents not lone illness for themselves but it besides prevents dispersed to their co-workers and the residents wherever they work.”

Mema said it’s not astonishing that fully-vaccinated residents and unit are investigating affirmative for COVID-19 fixed the adjacent interaction betwixt them.

“We judge that determination is prolonged interaction successful semipermanent attraction that enables the transmission to a vaccinated individual,” she said.

“So if you deliberation astir residents spending a agelong clip unneurotic oregon a health-care idiosyncratic providing meals oregon bathing, those are prolonged exposures, truthful idiosyncratic that is vaccinated that is getting exposed whitethorn declaration the microorganism but the bully quality is that it is simply a precise mild oregon asymptomatic disease.”

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