Province declares COVID-19 case at Kelowna retirement home

An outbreak was declared at Orchard Manor at Hawthorn Park

B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a Kelowna retirement home has a COVID-19 case.

The outbreak comes from Hawthorn Park and Orchard Manor Community of Care, located in the Mission area.

According to Interior Health, a staff member at the long-term care home was diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual is now in self-isolation at home.

Interior Health confirmed there are no residents affected currently.

Hawthorn Park is an independent and assisted living facility, and Orchard Manor is a long-term care residence. The two sites are connected by a common building. Together, the two facilities offer 161 beds.

Interior Health and the operator, Verve Senior Living, are now working together to protect the residents.

According to the health authority, an IH team that includes infection control and environmental health experts are now working with the facility to assess and recommend the required response.

Currently, staff and residents’ movement within the sites have been restricted, cleaning and infection control measures have increased, and residents and staff are being screened for symptoms daily.

During her daily briefing, Dr. Henry also announced there are 29 new positive cases, which includes two employees at a poultry plant in Coquitlam.

Henry said 10 B.C. senior facilities have been cleared after showing no new cases for the incubation period.

Four more people have died since Wednesday, bringing the total fatalities to 94.

The new cases bring B.C.’s total positive tests since the pandemic began to 1,824, with Interior Health having three new cases, bringing the total to 156.

READ: B.C. has 29 new COVID-19 cases, second poultry plant affected


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Coronavirus

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

Just Posted

West Kootenay SAR crews rescue injured mountain biker near Rossland

Crews were called in to help after the biker seriously injured himself at around noon Saturday

Nelson teachers union president worried about members ahead of return to classes

Carla Wilson says there are a lot of questions remaining

Pop-up drive-in theatre shows Only in Nelson

The event was a collaboration between the Civic Theatre and Kootenay Co-op Radio

Suspected fentanyl and cocaine seized during RCMP search in Castlegar

Two men were taken into police custody during the search warrant

Morning start: This is the fastest growing city in the Kootenays

Here is your Kootenays’ morning start for Monday, May 25

Help the Nelson Star continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Black Press is now accepting donations to keep its papers operating

Kelowna man charged with harming a hamster

The 20-year-old Kelowna man faces several animal cruelty charges

High tech fish transport system set up to ‘whoosh’ salmon past Big Bar landslide

Fish will spend roughly 20 seconds inside the system, moving at roughly 20 metres per second

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Snowbirds jets will not be leaving Kamloops, just yet

The Snowbirds have been in Kamloops since May 17 when a plane crashed killing Capt. Jennifer Casey

COVID-19 checkpoints ‘up to them,’ Bonnie Henry says of remote B.C. villages

Support local tourism economy, but only if you’re invited in

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

Eight people arrested in Victoria homeless camp after enforcement order issued

Those living in tents were given until May 20 to move indoors

Most Read