Vancouver – Holy Family Hospital is reporting more staff and seniors have been infected in long term care side of the facility.
“As of June 22 at 8:30am, 7 staff members and 24 residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” the hospital said in an update posted on its website late at night.
The outbreak began on June 9 with 1 staff member and five seniors. A phone line has been set up for anxious relatives.
“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.”
Holy Family said it moved a small number of sick seniors to hospital but then stopped for fear of spreading the virus in the corridor.
BC reported 32 new cases for three days, mostly in Fraser Health Region. One death was also reported but Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix did not elaborate on where that death occurred.
Neither did they provide information about higher than usual cases of Covid-19 infection in Fraser Health.
Holy Family is located in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
“We have created a Holy Family Long Term Care Family phone line at 604-322-2606 to answer your questions and provide support during this difficult time.”
“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.”
Since beginning of June infections in children under 10 have gone up from 28 to 41 on June 22.
Also infections in children aged 10 to 19 went from June 1 total of 52 to 69.
BC says the spike is not due to schooling but one independent school closed down after a teacher fell ill. It’s not known whether the large number of infections in Fraser Region come from the closed school.
So far 169 people, mostly seniors, have died in BC.
BC tests a very low number of people and is significantly behind the national average.
It tested 1,281 people to find 16 infections in past 24-hours.