Ninth BC seniors home records a coronavirus infection

125 cases in BC care homes

A care worker at Vancouver's Broadway Pentacostal Lodge has tested positive for COVID-19, making that lodge the ninth seniors' care home in the province where a positive test has been recorded.

Seniors' homes in B.C. recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day, Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry revealed Wednesday. Overall, there were 42 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, she said.

The new cases at seniors' homes include the first one at Broadway Pentacostal Lodge, as well as two staff and 13 residents at Vancouver's Haro Park Centre. Haro Park Centre has a total of 28 residents and 27 staff infected, for a total of 55 cases, up 15 from a day ago.

No new cases were recorded at North Vancouver's Lynn Valley Care, which was the first one in the province to report cases. It has 63 infections, including 42 residents and 21 staff. Eleven of those cases have resulted in death, including one in the past day.

There are now 125 cases of COVID-19 at care homes, out of a provincial total of 659 cases, or 18.9%. Yesterday, there were 109 cases out of 617 total cases for a 17.6% rate. This means that the proportion of cases that are related to care homes is rising. 

The other care homes in the province that have reported cases of COVID-19 include:

  • West Vancouver's Hollyburn House;
  • Vancouver's German Canadian Care Home;
  • Vancouver's Little Mountain Place;
  • Delta's Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre;
  • Coquitlam's Dufferin Care Centre; and
  • White Rock's Evergreen Heights Assisted LIving.

All of those homes have only one case, with the exception of Hollyburn House, which has two cases: one resident and one worker.

Henry has said that many of the care home infections may have been related and caused by care home staff working at multiple homes. She in the past week issued an order that care-home staff only work at one facility. 

Despite that, yesterday, she told media that she was not sure if the order was being adhered to fully, but that it would be "worked out by the end of the week."

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