Two seniors dead, 37 residents and staff infected in Covid-19 catastrophe at Holy Family

    Holy family hospital
    Holy Family Hospital

    Vancouver – Two seniors have died and 27 others are infected at Holy Family Hospital’s long term care wing.

    8 staff members are also infected.

    An outbreak was declared at the combination long term and rehab facility on June 9.

    Most of BC’s 170 fatalities in the Covid-19 pandemic have come from 48 outbreaks at senior homes, acute care and long term living.

    The highest fatalities in seniors occurred at Langley Lodge with 24 deaths.

    Lynn Valley Care facility in North Vancouver was one of the first declared outbreak that killed 20.

    Despite single site work order for staff and infection control measures outbreaks are still occurring with six senior homes and one hospital with active infections.

    Holy Family issued a statement late on Tuesday night.

    “As of June 23 at 11:00 am, 8 staff members and 27 residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

    ” Unfortunately, we report that 2 of our residents have died. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one.”

    “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.”

    Anxious relatives can phone 604-322-2606 for support and information.

    “This line is monitored from 9am-5pm, seven days a week. If you leave a message, one of our social workers will return your call as soon as possible.”

    Holy Family was only able to get two or three out to hospital before fear of spreading the virus stopped transfers.

    The hospital stated it does not know how the virus got in. In many cases the virus has been brought in by asymptomatic staff member.

    But BC says it has no plans to test care workers as a proactive preventive measure.