COVID-19 outbreak declared at Florentine

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The Florentine Seniors Residence has entered a lockdown following a positive COVID-19 case in one of the residents.

“It is unfortunate that despite all our effort for almost a year, we have been advised that one of our residents in Assisted Living has tested positive for COVID-19,” reads a statement on The Florentine’s Facebook page.

The positive COVID case occurred in a resident that Florentine staff said had already received vaccination against the virus.

An outbreak has subsequently been declared at the Florentine within the Assisted Living portion of the facility, at the direction of the Medical Health Officer and Interior Health Authority, with an investigation and contact tracing ongoing. To date, only one case has been identified.

“In order to protect the health and safety of our residents both in Assisted Living and Complex Care, we have initiated a lockdown effective today, February 17, 2021,” continues the online statement.

Enhanced control measures have been put in place, as well as restrictions to minimize the risk of the virus infecting other residents or staff members.

These restrictions include putting the pub room, entertainment area and resident’s kitchen off limits; disallowing gathering or congregating in common areas; temporarily cancelling group activities, non-essential services and non-urgent medical appointments.

For the time being, the Complex Care Floor will be restricted to staff only. Single designated visitor visits will be postponed until a later date.

Staff had been advised to monitor for symptoms of illness, and residents will also be observed for any symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough, or headache. Those staff or residents contacted by Interior Health and identified as a close contact of the positive case will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald