Three residents of a Salmon Arm retirement home facility are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Melanie Reinhardt, President of Lakeside Manor, said Monday, December 7th that two more cases had been confirmed at the private, independent retirement home complex. The first case was confirmed on Friday, December 4th.

“We made the difficult decision today to completely close the dining room and offer residents meals in their suites,” said Reinhardt, noting that Interior Health worked with Lakeside Manor and conducted contact tracing.

“They are working with us to make sure we worked through our pandemic plan with them and they said you would do whatever you can,” Reinhardt said. “They’ll help with a little deeper review later in the week when we see how things go.

“In the meantime, we are confident that we will do all we can. It is difficult for our employees … They have become like family with the residents. So it’s tough on her. They want to do whatever they can to make sure it’s in a really safe place. “

The group activities as well as the shuttle service have been suspended, and Reinhardt said cleaning of high-contact areas has been stepped up. New measures will be re-evaluated 10 days after confirmation of the first case.

Lakeside Manor residents have been asked to restrict visits to essential visitors only and they and their staff will be screened as they enter and exit the facility. Reinhardt said employees are provided with personal protective equipment and anyone in Lakeside who should experience symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to call HealthLinkBC (811) for advice on whether to get tested.

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