Interior Health said Tuesday that COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in a Kamloops group home known as Highridge Home and Singh House, respectively.
Interior Health said six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Public Health contact tracing has contacted anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19 and they are now self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.
"Highridge Home and Singh House are privately operated by Prima Enterprises for people who require 24-hour support," the IH media release said.
"The two “houses” are located in the same building; each on a separate floor of the property."
Interior Health said communicable disease specialists and a clinical operations team will continue to monitor the situation and additional infection control measures have been implemented to prevent further COVID-19 transmission.
To protect the safety of all residents, outbreak protocols are in place, including a pause in all visits at this site.
Everyone in all communities should remain vigilant in following COVID-19 precautions:
- Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings.
- Stay home when you are sick and get tested if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID‑19.
- Practise physical distancing and use a mask if you cannot.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
Monday, Interior Heath recorded 152 new COVID-19 cases — there were 1,236 in the province reported over the weekend.
There were 13 new COVID-19 related deaths — including three in the Interior Health region — for a total of 1,259 in BC.
Of the three deaths reported in Interior Health, two were in community/hospital and the other at Sunnybank in Oliver.
"Their deaths are a tragic loss for our communities which serve as a clear reminder to all of us the importance of following public health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to protect ourselves and loved ones during this challenging time," said Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health.
Booking a COVID-19 test:
Online: You can book an appointment online through the COVID-19 Test Booking Form: https://interiorhealthcovid.secureform.ca/index.php
By phone: Call the COVID-19 Test Booking Line at 1-877-740-7747 for assistance with booking your test.