COVID-19: Long-term care provider stunned by lack of compliance in Fraser Valley

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Henry didn’t provide a timeline for compliance.

“It will happen, and it is complicated and much more complicated in the Lower Mainland where you are dealing with two quite large health authorities that have a number of facilities,” she said.

Henry announced a new long-term care home outbreak in Vancouver on Tuesday, at South Granville Park Lodge, bringing the total of active outbreaks in care homes in the Lower Mainland to 21. She said these 21 are long-term care or assisted-living facilities with continuing outbreaks, including 289 cases so far — 165 residents and 124 staff.

Although Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief publichealth officer, has said outbreaks in long-term care homes are “driving severe outcomes,” Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Martin Lavoie, told Postmedia on Tuesday that, in his opinion, people working in multiple sites weren’t a major source of transmission.