Seniors advocate to probe COVID outbreaks in care homes

Seniors advocate to probe COVID outbreaks in care homes

BC Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie has launched a review of long-term care homes’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three more COVID-19 outbreaks were declared at care homes last week, in Kamloops, Maple Ridge and Squamish.

It brings the total number to more than 200, as outbreaks at long-term and assisted-living homes have escalated in the second wave this winter and even as vaccinations have begun.

Some care homes have had several outbreaks: Six have had three outbreaks and 32 have had two, according to information released by the province this week on facility-by-facility infection and fatality numbers.

Mackenzie says the numbers “absolutely crystallized in the last … four or five weeks. This office will be doing an in-depth report.”

The review will examine all care homes, but specifically those where outbreaks were not contained. Mackenzie says the big question is why were some care homes able to contain the virus to a single staff or resident, while others spread rapidly.


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