Seniors housing outbreak update

There have been 14 cases of Covid-19 confirmed to date at the North Peace Seniors Housing apartments, though officials say most have since passed their infectious period.

An outbreak was declared Nov. 22, and is in place until at least Dec. 20. The cases have been limited to residents only, and 10 are no longer considered contagious, said Executive Director Kim Wilson. There have been no new deaths, and no new cases over recent days, though some residents are still waiting for test results.

“We’re feeling really positive, the staff is feeling really positive,” Wilson said.

Everyone in the buildings including tenants are asked to wear masks when out of their apartment and to sanitize regularly, Wilson said. Common areas remain closed, and traffic throughout the apartments has slowed considerably, she said.

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Volunteers also continue to make daily health calls to each and every tenant, Wilson said.

“It has helped a lot,” Wilson said. “They’re lonely, they’re in their apartments, so it’s nice to hear that consistent voice every day.”

“The community support has been marvellous,” she added. “We’ve had a couple companies donate gift bags for those in isolation, so that made their day”

Northern Health spokesperson Eryn Collins said proactive testing is being done for those at highest risk from close contact with confirmed cases, regardless of whether they have symptoms. Testing remains available for anyone who is or does become symptomatic, she said.

Public health workers continue to support the apartments to manage the outbreak, Collins said. Residents are being reminded to follow public health advice to prevent themselves and others from catching the virus and spreading it to others, she said.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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