Fraser Health has declared an outbreak at Heritage Village in Chilliwack over the weekend.
One resident and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the notification, according to the release Oct. 17.
“Enhanced control measures have been put in place at the site.”
Heritage Village is a long-term care facility in Chilliwack, owned and operated by Fraser Health. The resident and staff member are in self-isolation at home.
“Fraser Health is working to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families.”
Health officials have proactively implemented the following measures at the site:
Staffing levels supported to maintain resident care.
Social visits are restricted in the affected areas, while essential visits can continue.
Staff and residents movement in the affected areas of the facility has been modified to minimize exposure to others.
Cleaning and infection control measures have been further enhanced.
Residents, families and staff are being notified.
Twice a day screening of all staff and residents is taking place.
Additional testing and screening is in place to support monitoring of disease control.
“During this time, Fraser Health has additional presence at the site to take any further actions required and support the facility. This includes dedicated people to address quality, answer questions from staff, residents and family, and provide active checks of symptoms with staff and residents.”
Fraser Health has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in long term care and assisted living facilities. In addition, Fraser Health has also deployed care staff and our rapid-response teams which include clinical nurse educators, infection prevention and control experts, screeners, and patient care quality officers supporting with communication to families and assessing symptoms at sites with outbreaks. Through these teams, sites are also connected with emergency supplies and support strategies around additional personnel if needed.
“It is critically important for people living in the Fraser Health region to get tested as soon as you have COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Please don’t wait, and book or drop by one of our collection centres which are operated in partnership with local Divisions of Family Practice.”
For more information, fraserhealth.ca/covid19.
Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: