Gemstone in Kamloops dealing with third COVID-19 outbreak

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A third outbreak of COVID-19 is impacting the Gemstone Care Centre in Brocklehurst.

Interior Health declared the outbreak on Jan. 12, with four cases detected among two residents and two staff members. There are no deaths connected to the outbreak.

Non-essential visits are paused, but essential, palliative, end-of-life and single designated visits may continue at the facility, IH said in an emailed response to questions from KTW.

Non-urgent appointments are also on hold, but urgent appointments may continue. All admissions, discharges and transfers are on hold, but may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a medical health officer.

The first COVID-19 outbreak to be declared at Gemstone occurred a year ago, on Jan. 13, 2021, and lasted two months, ending on March 12 with 32 cases discovered — 24 residents and eight staffers testing positive for the disease. Two residents died during the outbreak, which began only weeks after the province began offering COVID-19 vaccines to health-care workers for the first time.

The second COVID-19 outbreak at Gemstone was declared on Nov. 1, 2021, and declared over by Nov. 22, with six cases recorded —four amongst residents and two involving staff.

The facility at 1955 Tranquille Rd. has 125 publicly funded beds and five private beds and is operated by Trellis Senior Services Ltd.

Another COVID-19 outbreak in Brocklehurst, at Ridgeview Lodge on Desmond Street, was recently declared over. The outbreak at Ridgeview Lodge ended on Jan. 7 after being declared on Dec. 24. There were seven cases —four residents and three staff, with no deaths — connected to that outbreak.

Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week

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