Interior Health care home deaths rise over weekend

Care home death toll climbs

COVID-19 has claimed the life of one resident at McKinney Place long term care home in Oliver over the weekend, as well as another at Heritage Square in Vernon, Interior Health announced Monday. 

This brings the death toll at McKinney to 15. The facility has had 77 cases to date, 54 residents out of 59 total and 23 staff. 

Heritage Square has seen 42 cases - 32 residents and 10 staff - with five deaths.

McKinney residents began to receive COVID-19 vaccines late last week, part of the first wave of vaccines going to seniors at retirement homes in the province. 

Some residents at nearby Sunnybank care home in Oliver, which is also experiencing an outbreak, also received the vaccine.

Sunnybank is now at 22 total positive cases of the virus, 16 residents and six staff members. There have been no deaths at the facility. 

"We continue to see COVID-19 in communities all across Interior Health and everyone needs to remain vigilant in following precautions to minimize the spread of this virus," said president and CEO of Interior Health in a statement Monday.

"Unfortunately this brings the total number of people [in Interior Health] who have succumbed to COVID-19 to 40 and our condolences go to their loved ones and caregivers."

Outbreaks continue at numerous other Interior Health care homes, as well as Teck mining operations:

  • Creekside Landing long-term care in Vernon has 15 cases: 10 residents and five staff
  • Williams Lake Seniors Village has two cases: one resident and one staff.
  • Noric House long-term care in Vernon has 32 cases: 24 residents and eight staff
  • Heritage Square long-term care in Vernon has 42 cases: 32 residents and 10 staff, with five deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna has 42 cases: 37 residents and five staff, with two deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Village by the Station long-term care in Penticton has nine cases: five residents and four staff, with one death connected to this outbreak.
  • Mountainview Village long-term care in Kelowna has 16 cases: eight residents and eight staff, with two deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Teck mining operations remains at 16 IH cases linked to the outbreak.

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