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Four Prince George Jubilee Lodge residents die from COVID-19 among 33 new cases

Total cases discovered now at 45
Jubilee Lodge - Prince George Northern Health
A room inside Prince George's Jubilee Lodge long-term care home. (via Northern Health)

Four people have died at a long-term care home in Prince George while the facility has added 33 new cases.

Northern Health has announced 30 residents and three staff have been recently discovered with the virus.

In total, 38 residents have been affected as well as seven staff members. 

“The toll that COVID-19 has had on many of our most cherished, but most vulnerable, members of our communities has been heavy,” Northern Health CEO Cathy Ulrich said in a release.

“Our heartfelt condolences go to residents of Jubilee Lodge and their families as well as to their caregivers; the staff, nurses and physicians who continue to provide excellent and compassionate care during understandably challenging circumstances.”

When the outbreak was originally declared on Dec. 12, Northern Health reported just one staff member and two residents were involved. 

Another nine cases were then announced on Dec. 16, which involved six more residents and another three staff members, bringing the to-date total to 12.

“Increased vigilance and testing during an outbreak often means that we expect to find additional cases of COVID-19,” Northern Health Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Jong Kim added.

“It also highlights the need to take great care to protect those we know can be most vulnerable to this virus, and I appreciate that Jubilee Lodge staff are doing all they can to support and care for its residents.”

In-person visits are suspended but virtual arrangements will be made. Essential visits continue, with clear COVID-19 prevention measures in place. 

Northern Health currently has outbreaks declared at the LNG Canada Project Site (declared Nov. 19), North Peace Seniors Housing Society apartments (declared Nov. 22), LNG Canada Project Site involving Diversified (declared Dec. 16) and CGL worksites, 7 Mile Lodge and Little Rock Lake Lodge involving Coastal Gas Link (declared Dec. 19). 

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