A COVID-19 outbreak at Jubilee Lodge has claimed the lives of two residents, according to information released Friday by Northern Health.
The outbreak was first declared on Sept. 5. As of Friday, 19 residents and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 and three others have had a high-risk exposure with a confirmed case.
“Northern Health extends condolences to their family, friends and caregivers,” a statement issued by the health authority said. “Northern Health Public Health is closely monitoring for additional cases, and the facility is taking steps to protect the health of staff and those they care for, with enhanced outbreak precautions… Public health officials will be monitoring the situation carefully over coming weeks and will only declare the outbreak over when they are confident that chains of transmission have been stopped.”
Additional safety measures including increased cleaning and infection control measures, enhanced symptom monitoring, reduced movement of staff and residents in the facility and a temporary suspension of social visits to the facility have been put in place. Essential visitors are still being allowed to enter Jubilee Lodge.
The B.C. Ministry of Health reported two new COVID-related deaths in the Northern Health region on Friday, bringing the region’s death toll from the pandemic to 164 people. Whether those two fatalities were residents of the Jubilee Lodge wasn’t confirmed.
There were 101 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Northern Health region on Friday, pushing the number of active cases in the north up to 782.
There were 39 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in northern B.C. as of Friday, of which 15 were listed in intensive care, according to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 9,642 cases of COVID-19 in northern B.C., of which 8,686 people have recovered.
The COVID-related deaths in the Northern Health region were among nine reported in the province on Friday. B.C.’s death toll from the pandemic rose to 1,856.
A total of 820 new cases were reported in B.C. on Friday, and there were 5,850 active cases in the province. A total of 281 British Columbians were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 135 listed in intensive care.
As of Friday, 85.5 per cent of eligible British Columbians (ages 12 and up) had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 78 per cent were fully vaccinated. A total of 7.58 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., including 336,224 doses in the Northern Health region.