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COVID-19 outbreak reported at Kelowna retirement home

Ten residents and one employee at Sandlewood Retirement Resort tested positive for the virus and one person died

Interior Health has reported a COVID-19 outbreak in a Kelowna retirement home.

On Friday, health officials announced that 10 residents and one employee at Sandlewood Retirement Resort tested positive for the virus and one person died.

Those who were in close contact with the infected people monitored symptoms and were instructed to self-isolate. Contact tracing is in place and additional testing is in progress.

This is the second outbreak reported in long-term care or assisted living in Kelowna after vaccinating the majority of residents of such facilities.

The outbreak at the Cottonwoods Care Home is still ongoing. 29 cases have been recorded since it was declared in early March. 26 residents and three employees there tested positive for the virus, and one resident has died.

“You can get a transmission even if people are fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry as she spoke about the situation in Cottonwoods in March. “The disease appears to be milder and does not transmit as much. We won’t see rapid explosive bursts. “

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