Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there has been an outbreak at a health care facility in Maple Ridge. (B.C. government)

Staff member tests positive for COVID-19 at Maple Ridge Seniors Village

Fraser Health is on site implementing outbreak protocols at the seniors care facility

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a new outbreak in Maple Ridge during the province’s COVID-19 update on Tuesday.

After saying there have been 146 new coronavirus cases across B.C. in the past four days, she confirmed there was an outbreak at Maple Ridge Senior Village.

The 119th Avenue facility, owned by Retirement Concepts, provides long-term care, assisted living, and independent living – all in separate areas of the building.

READ MORE: COVID-19 outbreak confirmed in Maple Ridge hospital

Fraser Health has confirmed the outbreak, noting the only person who has tested positive so far is an employee.

“A staff member at Maple Ridge Seniors Village has tested positive for COVID-19. A Fraser Health rapid response team is at the site and communication with residents and families is underway,” said FH media spokesperson Dixon Tam.

“The outbreak is limited to the long-term care unit. There is no crossover among staff in different areas of the building,” he said.

The staff member affected is currently in self-isolation at their own home.

Nevertheless, enhanced control measures have been put in place at the senior village and Fraser Health is working with staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents, and families.

During this time, Fraser Health has additional presence at the site to take any further actions required and support the facility. This includes dedicated people to address quality, answer questions from staff, residents and family, and provide active checks of symptoms with staff and residents, Tam explained.

Just last week, the management team at the downtown Maple Ridge care home were rejoicing that it had been more than a week since they started up family visits again. And while during July the residents were allowed only one designated visitor, there were hopes that could be reassessed and increased in August.

“The experience and process has been great so far,” general manager Jane Redoblado noted on their website.

Fraser Health confirms that staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care, but visitors are again forbidden throughout the facility, and movement of staff and residents in the facility will also be limited, with twice-a-day screening in place for both groups.

In the latest update offered late Tuesday afternoon, Maple Ridge Seniors Village management said; “While no residents are symptomatic, out of an abundance of caution, we have isolated residents to their respective rooms on the first and third floors, where their meals are also being provided.”

The web notice also stipulated that group activities have once again been terminated.

“We will continue to monitor residents closely and should anyone be symptomatic, they will be swabbed, placed in isolation as a precaution until lab results are known, and their families will be informed,” the care home website said.

.

READ MORE: Maple Ridge care home confirms one death as COVID-19 outbreak grows



ronan.p.odoherty@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusFraser Health

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Delta, Metro Vancouver add more than 300 hectares to Burns Bog Conservation Area

Delta Nature Reserve among parcels of land added to conservation area but will remain open to public

Rivers could rise rapidly as heavy rains hit Lower Mainland

Larger rivers to reach peak levels on Thursday or into Friday, according to high streamflow advisory

Two Surrey women win BC Sports Hall of Fame awards for inspired service

Jane Blaine and Wendy Pattenden recognized during virtual summit

Horgan says Surrey mayor opened ‘hornets’ nest’ with Surrey policing transition

Surrey election battle heating up over Doug McCallum’s controversial cop transition

Semiahmoo Bottle Depot part of hybrid-electic compaction truck pilot program

Return-It launches program at 16 B.C. bottle depots with aim to reduce emissions

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Abbotsford high school killer back in court for ‘not criminally responsible’ hearing

Gabriel Klein was previously convicted of stabbing Letisha Reimer to death

Rainfall warning says significant showers forecast for entire region

Rain moving across Howe Sound, The Fraser Valley and northern parts of Metro Vancouver this morning.

‘Won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving:’ Trudeau says COVID-19 2nd wave underway

In all, COVID-19 has killed about 9,250 people in Canada

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Return-It depots change beverage container deposits from 20 to 10 cents

Change will be implemented on Oct. 1, with a transition period being held until Oct. 11

Most Read