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Interior Health reports 234 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 more deaths over the weekend

Another 234 cases of COVID-19 were identified in the BC Interior over the weekend’s three-day reporting period.

It brings the region to 5,873 total cases since the start of the pandemic, with 1,034 of them currently active.

There are 50 people in Interior Health (IH) hospitals due to the virus, with 11 in intensive care.

Unfortunately, the region saw three more COVID-19 deaths over the past three days.

"Sadly, IH lost three people over the weekend to COVID-19, including a death associated with the outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops," said Susan Brown, president and CEO of IH.

Another one of the deaths was at Brocklehurst Gemstone long-term care home in Kamloops, while the third was in the community.

"We continue to see COVID-19 cases across all settings – from long-term care to within the community," added Brown.

"This virus respects no boundaries, however, we can slow it’s spread and reduce the risk of further tragic losses by continuing to follow all public health orders and precautions.”

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Here’s an update from IH on all of the BC Interior’s current outbreaks:

  • Cariboo Memorial Hospital has 12 staff cases.
  • Brocklehurst Gemstone long-term care in Kamloops has 23 cases: 16 residents and seven staff, with two deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Sunnybank long-term care in Oliver has 37 cases: 27 residents and 10 staff, with three deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Creekside Landing long-term care in Vernon has 35 cases: 20 residents and 15 staff, with one death connected to this outbreak.
  • Noric House long-term care in Vernon has 58 cases: 35 residents and 23 staff, with five deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Heritage Square long-term care in Vernon has 68 cases: 47 residents and 21 staff, with eight deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna has 46 cases: 41 residents and five staff, with three deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Royal Inland Hospital has 48 cases: 20 patients and 28 staff, with one death connected to this outbreak.
    • The outbreak has not yet spread outside 6 South and all precautions are in place to stop further transmission. All staff members who have tested positive are isolating at home.
    • Patients are isolated on the COVID unit and on 6 South. Those who were able to be discharged are isolating at home. 6 South is closed to admissions.
    • We remind the public that the hospital is safe to attend for appointments or emergency care. Please continue with any scheduled procedures. COVID-19 self-isolation is not required after visiting the hospital.
    • Surgeries continue at the hospital at this time. Patients admitted after surgery will be cared for on a different floor.
    • “I understand the public will be anxious about the news of this outbreak at their hospital. It is important, however, that people remain calm and know that a highly skilled team is working to quickly contain this outbreak. Please help us support staff and patients by following all public health precautions as you go about your daily activities,” said Medical Health Officer Dr. Carol Fenton.
    • Vaccinations of frontline staff and physicians will continue this week.

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