Vancouver – Covid-19 is spiralling out of control at Vancouver’s Holy Family Hospital.
An outbreak was declared at the long term care part of the facility on June 9. Initially one staff member and five residents were tested positive.
But the infection figures have now jumped like wildfire and raise concern because seniors are most at risk of severe outcomes.
On Thursday the hospital released shocking figures.
“As of June 18 at 12:00, 5 staff members and 22 residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” Holy Family reported
“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.
“Thus far, there are no COVID-19 cases in rehab.”
“Residents, patients, families and staff have been notified. ”
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, the facility reported.
The BC government has instituted single site work for staff. It’s was feared staff were bringing in infections that create a severe challenge to control.
Over 40 outbreaks have occurred in BC long term care, acute care and assisted living. These have affected hundreds of seniors and staff.
Currently active outbreaks have had some serious consequences. Langley Lodge had 24 deaths.
Outbreaks declared over at Lynn Valley care centre cost 20 lives. An outbreak at Haro Park cost 13 lives.
A total of five infections are ongoing at Mission Memorial Hospital, Tabor Home in Abbotsford and Maple Hill in Langley. All cases are linked to transfers out of Mission Memorial Hospital.
Many have suggested to health minister Adrian Dix and public health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry that staff should be tested.
But their position remains unchanged. Staff are simply asked some questions about their health twice a day.
Asymptomatic testing is now under way in several Canadian jurisdictions.