Two residents at two different seniors’ facilities in the Lower Mainland have been diagnosed with COVID-19, Fraser Health confirmed on Wednesday.
One is a resident of the Swedish Assisted Living Residence, owned by the Swedish Canadian Rest Home Association, which is located in Burnaby and includes both assisted living and independent living services. The affected resident lives in independent living.
The other is a resident of Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence, owned by Chartwell Retirement Residences, an independent living community in Mission. The affected resident at this location is currently in self-isolation.
A Fraser Health medical SWAT team is at each site, and communication with residents and families is underway.
In a statement, Fraser Health said it is working with the staff at both sites “to identify anyone who may have been exposed and taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families.”
The health authority also said that “enhanced control measures have been put in place at both residences.”
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The health authority is also “ensuring staff currently working at the Swedish Assisted Living Residence and Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence will not be working at any other facility.”
Fraser Health added that it also implemented a series of procedures and policies in the wake of these discoveries:
- Staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care
- Visitors have been limited to only essential visitors
- Staff and residents’ movement in the facility has been restricted
- Cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced
- Residents, families, and staff are being notified
- All staff and residents will be screened twice daily
During this time, Fraser Health “will have a presence at the sites to take any further actions required and support the facility,” the health authority said. This, they noted, includes dedicated people to answer questions from staff, residents and family, and providing active checks of symptoms with staff and residents.