Williams Lake Seniors Village has multiple cases of COVID-19 – Williams Lake Tribune

There are multiple cases of COVID-19 at Williams Lake Seniors Village, regional manager Tammy Deausy confirmed Thursday.

“At this time, the health authority has not declared a long-term care outbreak,” she told the Grandstand. “Of course, our staff have implemented all of our enhanced protocols. We communicate daily with our families and residents.

Deausy said if an outbreak status is not in place, the number of positive cases is not reported.

“What we are seeing in our community is that those who have tested positive, their symptoms are mild and we are very grateful for that.”

The staff vaccination rate is 100% and 98% of residents are also double vaccinated and have had the booster.

All visitors must produce proof of double vaccination, undergo a pre-screening which consists of taking their temperature and answer questions about possible exposure to the virus or showing symptoms.

“Once you pass, you get tested quickly every time you enter,” Deausy said. “The mandate to do the rapid tests came out on January 1.”

Seniors Village staff were grateful for the rapid testing requirement for visitors, she added.

“We were testing our staff every day before this to add that extra layer of protection. We were saying, ‘If we’re testing our staff to protect people, why aren’t we testing our visitors?

Initially, the government quickly ran out of rapid tests, and there was a shortage, but now the facility has plenty of tests.

“We were just talking about it this morning, we’re swimming in rapid tests.”

During the two years of the pandemic, Deausy has been very grateful to staff and residents.

“Humans are amazing. We are resilient.

In the province’s Wednesday, Feb. 16 pandemic update, there were 277 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health and one death.

Between the week of Feb. 6-12, 65 cases were reported in the Cariboo Chilcotin watershed, which is the Williams Lake area.

As of February 15, 78% of residents 18 and older were due for vaccinations and 82% had a dose.

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