October 15, 2021
Dear Families and Residents of Kamloops Seniors Village,
As a follow up to our current exposure event as indicated below, we have had no further updates or changes from the health authority. Therefore, the current restrictions from the Medical Health Officer and Health Authority continue to remain in place, at minimum, through October 20, 2021, or until Interior Health provides clearance to lift the restrictions.
Our next e-mail update to families will be on Monday, October 18, 2021.
On Monday October 11, 2021 we were informed that one of our fully vaccinated Long Term Care staff members who last worked on our 1A neighbourhood October 6, 2021 had tested positive for COVID 19. We have since been notified of a separate second fully vaccinated staff member that last worked on Long Term Care 2C on October 9, 2021 had tested positive for COVID-19. Both had contracted the virus from within the Kamloops community.
Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, the following restrictions for Long Term Care 1A & 2C Neighbourhoods are now in effect:
At this time, we have no residents or additional staff symptomatic, however, we have implemented our enhanced cleaning and exposure protocols. Our clinical team is in contact with Interior Health for daily check-in calls. The affected staff members are resting at home and doing well.
This exposure does not affect our Assisted-Independent Living side of the building.
STAFF VACCINATION UPDATES
We also wanted to share the current parameters regarding staff vaccination requirements per the directive from the Provincial Medical Health Officer to ensure the safety of staff and residents:
VISITOR VACCINATION UPDATES (Updated as of October 15, 2021)
As announced in the Tuesday, October 5, 2021 B.C. COVID-19 pandemic update, visitor policy for long-term care and all other health-care settings in B.C. has been updated.
Starting Oct. 12, 2021, visitors to long-term care and assisted-living facilities will need to show their vaccine card for proof of full immunization. Partially vaccinated visitors will be permitted entry until October 26, 2021 (date change), as per the October 14, 2021 updates from the BC CDC/Health Authority.
After this date, all visitors will need to provide proof they are fully vaccinated (excluding children under 12 years or those with an approved medical exemption).
The BC CDC Long-Term Care Facilities & Assisted Living COVID-19 resource section on visitor protocol has been updated as well for you to review at your convenience.
Effective October 12, 2021:
* Visitors who do not demonstrate that they are either partially or fully vaccinated will not be able to enter a facility (excluding children under 12 years or those with an approved medical exemption);
Effective October 26, 2021:
* Visitors must demonstrate they are fully vaccinated to enter a facility (excluding children under 12 years or those with an approved medical exemption)
Updates will continue to be communicated to you, which will also be posted to the Community Update Section of our Website. If you have other family or friends who would like to be updated, please feel free to direct them to www.retirementconcepts.com.
Sincerely, The Kamloops Team