3 seniors die from Covid-19 at Holy Family Hospital – 37 staff and elderly infected

    BCCDC testing far lower than national average.

    Vancouver – A total of three seniors have died at Holy Family Hospital’s long term care facility as authorities struggle to contain the outbreak.

    “As of June 24 at 5:00 pm, 8 staff members and 29 residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

    “Unfortunately, we report three residents with confirmed COVID-19 have died. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one.”

    While statements are dated the previous day they are put up on their website several hours or a day later.

    “There are two main programs, separated on two floors, at the Holy Family campus: a 126-bed long-term care facility, as well as a 65-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit.

    So far, there are no COVID-19 cases in rehab, their latest statement says.

    Another senior died at Tabor Home in Abbotsford as deaths and infections continue in senior and acute care facilities in Vancouver and Fraser Health regions.

    “Residents, patients, families and staff have been notified,” Holy Family said today. The outbreak has grown unchecked since it began on June 9.

    “Enhanced control measures were immediately put in place for the entire HFH campus in order to contain the spread and keep residents, patients and staff safe.”

    Holy Family tried to move patients out and succeeded in getting about three to hospital before fears of spread halted the transfers.

    One problem is that in most rooms there are four patients. The facility has tried to segregate the patients within the single room setup.

    Mission Memorial Hospital had six infections and Maple Hill senior facility had had three, according to a statement by the health ministry sent to Vancouverite.

    Holy Family is run by Providence Health which also runs St. Paul’s and Mt. Saint Joseph’s hospitals.

    BC’s death toll was 171 yesterday. It’s not known if the latest fatality has been accounted for in provincial totals.