Some good news on the COVD-19 front Friday afternoon – the COVID-19 outbreak at Tsawwassen’s KinVillage is over.
In a news release, Fraser Health said they have declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at the long term care, assisted living, independent living, and seniors’ supportive housing campus of care that is owned and operated by KinVillage Association.
“With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in care facilities, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases at this location,” said Fraser Health.
Since the outbreak was declared in KinVillage's South Court, one staff member tested positive as well as three residents. Sadly, one resident passed away.
To support this site, Fraser Health took a number of actions during their outbreak.
With the support of a rapid response team at the site, Fraser Health implemented enhanced control measures, such as:
· Allowing only essential visitors
· Restricting staff and resident movement in the facility
· Enhancing cleaning and infection control measures
· Communicating with patients, residents, staff and families to address questions and advise on next steps
· Providing twice a day screening of all staff and residents for COVID-19 symptoms.
Fraser Health said they have implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in long term care, assisted living and independent living facilities. In addition, Fraser Health has also deployed more than 480 people including care staff and rapid-response teams, which include clinical nurse educators, infection prevention and control experts, screeners, and patient care quality officers supporting with communication to families and assessing symptoms at sites with outbreaks. Through these teams, sites are also connected with emergency supplies and additional personnel if needed.
“We are so happy to announce the outbreak in South Court Assisted Living has been declared over by the Fraser Health’s Medical Health Officer,” said KinVillage in a community update posted on its Facebook page. “KinVillage is appreciative of the support from Fraser Health during this time. The infection prevention specialists, outbreak coordination and staff support were instrumental in helping us manage and now conclude the outbreak.
“We have so much gratitude to the true Front Line Heroes - our dedicated staff who faced this life changing challenge with bravery, skill and compassion.”