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Interior Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Kamloops group home

Interior Health said public Health contact tracing has contacted anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19 and they are now self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.

Interior Health said Tuesday that COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in a Kamloops group home known as Highridge Home and Singh House, respectively. 

Interior Health said six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Public Health contact tracing has contacted anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19 and they are now self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.

"Highridge Home and Singh House are privately operated by Prima Enterprises for people who require 24-hour support," the IH media release said.

"The two “houses” are located in the same building; each on a separate floor of the property."

Interior Health said communicable disease specialists and a clinical operations team will continue to monitor the situation and additional infection control measures have been implemented to prevent further COVID-19 transmission.

To protect the safety of all residents, outbreak protocols are in place, including a pause in all visits at this site.

Everyone in all communities should remain vigilant in following COVID-19 precautions:

  • Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings.
  • Stay home when you are sick and get tested if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID‑19.
  • Practise physical distancing and use a mask if you cannot.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

Monday, Interior Heath recorded 152 new COVID-19 cases — there were 1,236 in the province reported over the weekend.

There were 13 new COVID-19 related deaths — including three in the Interior Health region — for a total of 1,259 in BC.

Of the three deaths reported in Interior Health, two were in community/hospital and the other at Sunnybank in Oliver.

"Their deaths are a tragic loss for our communities which serve as a clear reminder to all of us the importance of following public health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to protect ourselves and loved ones during this challenging time," said Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health.

Booking a COVID-19 test:

Online: You can book an appointment online through the COVID-19 Test Booking Form: https://interiorhealthcovid.secureform.ca/index.php

By phone: Call the COVID-19 Test Booking Line at 1-877-740-7747 for assistance with booking your test.