Vancouver Coastal Health confirms case of coronavirus at Haro Park Centre

Mar 18 2020, 2:18 pm

Health officials have confirmed a case of COVID-19 at a care centre in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has announced that a resident of the Haro Park Centre has been diagnosed with coronavirus. According to an emailed statement, the resident is in isolation and is receiving care.

VCH says outbreak-control measures have been implemented at the centre and that steps are being taken to protect residents and staff and to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

The Haro Park Centre provides independent housing, assisted living, and residential care. All residents are now being closely monitored for symptoms and visitor access restrictions are in place.

Until further notice, only family or caregivers making “compassionate visits” will be permitted to visit residents.

VCH says that such precautions are used to prevent the spread of respiratory illness and that they are “standard approaches used in care facilities during seasonal influenza outbreaks.”

More information is expected when Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry address the province on Thursday afternoon.

With coronavirus on the rise, BC public health authorities are reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.