B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about COVID-19 at a press conference March 21, in Vancouver. Henry announced a White Rock case Tuesday (March 24). (B.C. Government video still)

COVID-19 case diagnosed at White Rock care home

Provincial health officer announces Evergreen Heights resident affected

A resident of a White Rock care home is among the newest cases of confirmed COVID-19.

READ MORE: B.C. screening care home workers as two more test positive for COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the case – at Evergreen Heights, an assisted-living residence – during a briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Evergreen, located at 1501 Everall St., was among two facilities added to the list of residential-care centres where outbreaks have been identified. The second was Little Mountain Place Residential Care in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

“In both those cases, a single person – a staff person and a resident, in the case of Evergreen Heights – have tested positive,” Henry said.

“The outbreak protocols are being implemented at both those facilities, and continue at the other long-term care and assisted-living facilities where we have identified outbreaks.”

Henry said cases are “escalating… across British Columbia.”

“No community is immune,” she said.

In a news release Wednesday morning, White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker said the local case is a reminder of the need to be vigilant in efforts to not spread the virus.

“Knowing one of our immediate neighbours has this terrible virus makes it even more important for us to take very seriously our role in flattening the curve,” Walker said.

“People must wash their hands, and avoid going out unless necessary. We still encourage people to get out for fresh air. When you do, please practise social distancing, which is a critical element in stopping the spread of the virus.”

White Rock’s senior management team is assessing the COVID-19 situation every weekday, the release adds.

March 23, Henry announced the province was stepping up screening and protection measures for long-term care homes after two more staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at facilities in Vancouver and Delta.

She said Tuesday that the outbreaks are a reflection of the challenges of having residential-care staff working at multiple facilities, and that “urgent” efforts are underway to “sort that out” by the end of this week.

Henry said positive news is that B.C. has not recorded any additional deaths due to COVID-19.

That number remained at 13 on Tuesday afternoon.

In addition, 173 of those who tested positive for the virus – out of a total 617 to date – have fully recovered, she said.



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusWhite Rock

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock names second deputy fire chief

Ken Molland started with White Rock Fire Rescue in 1992

Surrey’s rink reopening plan forces skaters elsewhere, councillor says

Several private rinks are already open across Metro Vancouver

South Surrey man to bike across Canada

Last minute decision to take Rajiv Dhaliwal on three-month journey

White Rock RCMP reviews street checks for racial bias

Report indicates checks are being conducted bias-free

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

Tree planters get help with COVID-19 protective measures

Ottawa funds extra transportation, sanitizing for crews

Abbotsford shooting victim named by IHIT

Investigators are seeking dash cam footage, information from locals regarding Friday’s death

Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from WE decision

He says his and his family’s longtime involvement with the WE organization should have kept him out of the discussions

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Washington’s NFL team drops ‘Redskins’ name after 87 years

The franchise was given the name back in 1933, when it was still in Boston

Most Read

l -->