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Half of residents in Fraser Valley long-term care home test positive for COVID-19

A total of 101 cases now are part of a COVID-19 outbreak in staff and residents of Abbotsford long-term care facility, Tabor Home
Abbotsford's Tabor Home has reported a total of 101 COVID-19 cases among its senior residents and staff. Photo: Facebook/Tabor Home

As of Monday, a total of 101 cases were part of a COVID-19 outbreak in staff and residents of Abbotsford long-term care facility, Tabor Home.

According to the executive director, Dan Levitt of Tabor Village – which owns and operates Tabor Home and is affiliated with Fraser Health – 59 of those cases are in its older residents. Fraser Health confirmed there have been two deaths as a result.

The remaining amount, 42, has been found within staff members at the centre, which has 118 long-term care beds.

“We continue to do everything possible to support our residents and staff during this outbreak,” Levitt told Vancouver Is Awesome in an email.

Fraser Health onsite

The outbreak was first reported Friday, Nov. 6, when Fraser Health announced that seven staff and two residents had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ten days later, widely-performed testing showed that the number of residents and staff infected had grown much more than what was initially expected.

Fraser Health has assisted Tabor Village with an infection control outbreak plan that includes staff and resident movement restrictions and enhanced screening procedures, Levitt said.

“Additional resources have been made available including clinical nurse educators, infection control experts, and access to emergency supplies and additional staff if needed.”