Fraser Health declared an outbreak at Willingdon Care Centre just over two weeks ago, on Sept. 28. By Oct. 12, there are 90 cases
A COVID-19 outbreak at a Burnaby long-term care facility includes 90 cases and a death toll that’s expected to rise.
Out of the 90 infections at the Willingdon Care Centre in Burnaby, 69 are among residents in the 95-bed facility, while 21 cases involve staff, according to the most recent data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
Three residents have died. On Thursday, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said due to a delay in reporting, he expects the number of deaths to rise to 10 in the coming days.
Dix said there has been a number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities, particularly in Interior Health, but the outbreak at Willingdon Care Centre is “by a significant margin, our most significant outbreak.”
Fraser Health declared an outbreak at the care home just over two weeks ago, on Sept. 28, when one resident tested positive. By Oct. 5, 39 residents and six staff have contracted the virus.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the Delta variant can spread very rapidly in communal living settings among vulnerable population.
That’s why B.C. has started giving booster shots to residents of care homes, following a six-month gap between the second vaccine dose and the booster shot, which is based on the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s recommendation, said Henry.
It is also giving flu shots in preparation for the season and requiring mandatory vaccinations among staff who work at long-term care facilities.
In total, B.C. currently has 19 active outbreaks at health care facilities.
The largest outbreak in Interior Health is at Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna. The 221-bed facility has 64 cases, including 50 involving residents, and 12 deaths connected to the outbreak.