Interior Health reports COVID-19 staff case at Cranbrook long-term care home
In a media release Thursday, Interior Health said a staff member of Kootenay Street Village (KSV) in Cranbrook has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Interior Health release said the staff member is in self-isolation at home and no residents have been affected to date.
Interior Health said Kootenay Street Village is a long-term care home located at 620 Kootenay Street North with 36 beds and is owned and operated by the Golden Life Management.
Interior Health said IH and the operator are taking steps to protect the health of all staff, individuals in care and families.
“A response team comprising infection control and environmental health experts is working with the facility to assess and recommend appropriate infection control response,” the Interior Health release said. “Communication with residents and families is underway.”
Interior Health said the risk of exposure to residents from this case is assessed to be low.
“Staff working at KSV will only be allowed to work at this facility to reduce risk of transmission to any other facilities in Cranbrook,” the Interior Health release said.
“Any staff deemed to have had significant contact with the case have been directed to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
“Both staff and residents at this facility will be monitored very closely, with testing and isolation as appropriate.”
Interior Health said all long-term care homes across the province have introduced enhanced safety measures at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, Interior Health has proactively implemented the following at Kootenay Street Village:
- The movement of staff and residents within the facility has been restricted.
- Cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced.
- Twice a day screening of all staff and residents.
Interior Health will continue to have a presence at the site to take any further actions required and support the facility.
The site has dedicated people to address quality, answer questions from staff, residents and family, and provide active checks for symptoms with staff and residents.
The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is the recommended resource for provincial information that is accurate and current: http://www.bccdc.ca/. Information is being updated frequently on the site at this time and individuals are encouraged to check back regularly.
Interior Health also has frequently updated information on our website www.interiorhealth.ca