COVID-19 Update – January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021

South Court (3rd Floor) Outbreak

Another round of testing of all staff and 3rd floor residents was completed on Monday January 18th.  We are pleased to advise there are no new positive cases.  Previously, a total of four residents tested positive for COVID-19 and it is with great sadness we announce the recent loss of two of our dear residents to the virus.  This is heartbreaking news for our KinVillage community.   We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the residents; our thoughts are with them during this very difficult time.

Next testing is scheduled for Monday January 25.  We are cautiously optimistic that results will all be negative and we can begin working with Fraser Health/Public Health in the step-down process of the outbreak.

West Court (Care Home) Outbreak

This week’s testing of both residents and staff, revealed no new cases in staff and, since the outbreak was declared on January 9th, thankfully no residents have tested positive. Repeat testing of staff will occur on January 25.  4 of the 5 staff have now returned to work.   We are cautiously optimistic that results from the next round of testing will be all negative at which time we hope to begin working with Public Health in consultation with Fraser Health’s Medical Health Officer in the step-down process of the outbreak.

The two outbreaks are in separate buildings and are unrelated. Due to the Single Site Order issued last May, staff are assigned to work in either South or West Court, not both.  In each building, we continue to work closely with Fraser Health including infection prevention and control specialists, Public Health and the Medical Health Officer.  Fraser Health is supporting KinVillage with a constant supply of PPE, staff and screening support as well as overall support with their clinical experts.

Staff working in South Court or West Court have risen to the challenge, working tirelessly to contain the spread of the virus. We applaud their focus and efforts.

We are very happy and relieved residents of the Care Home and Assisted Living, and staff received the first dose of vaccine at one of Fraser Health’s first on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics held at KinVillage.  Over 250 Care Home and Assisted Living residents and staff received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.  Despite the current shortage we are optimistic that the second on-site vaccination clinic will be scheduled as soon as the vaccine supply becomes available.

Please stay safe, be kind and thank you for your continued support.

Special thank you to Pam Fudge, a longtime friend and volunteer of KinVillage, for bringing colourful and uplifting painted rocks to the entrances of our buildings.  Our staff were thrilled to come upon these special rocks with these words of encouragement as we come in to work each day.