Death toll reaches six at Sunnybank, eight cases active

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Another resident has died at Sunnybank Retirement Centre in Oliver, marking the sixth death related to the COVID-19 outbreak at the long-term care facility.

Sunnybank has 38 cases, Interior Health reported Monday, with only eight of those cases remaining active. The new case reported at Sunnybank was attributed to an essential visitor.

“The ‘other’ case is an essential visitor that has been tied to the outbreak. This is not a new case,” an Interior Health spokesperson told the Times-Chronicle.

“Interior Health is monitoring when people living in long-term care are eligible to receive their second dose and will allocate vaccine for this purpose dependent on supply,” IH stated in an email.

There were three new deaths related to COVID-19 in the Interior Health region reported Monday, including the death at Sunnybank, for a total of 81 in the region since the pandemic began. The two additional deaths in the IH region occurred in the community or in hospital. Between Feb. 5 to 8 there were 152 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the IH region.

McKinney Place long-term care in Oliver is still free of the virus after a recent outbreak was declared over. And in Osoyoos, Mariposa Gardens assisted living continues to stay clear of COVID-19, according to Interior Health.

With files from Neha Chollangi

Dale Boyd, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Times-Chronicle