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VCH declares COVID-19 outbreak at West Vancouver retirement home

The facility is closed to new admissions and transfers at this time and all group activities have been suspended.
Amica Lions Gate
Vancouver Coastal Health has declared a coronavirus outbreak after two residents at the Amica Lions Gate care facility tested positive.

Vancouver Coastal Health has declared a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak after two retirement home residents tested positive.

Amica Lions Gate in West Vancouver is a private care facility, owned and operated by Amica Senior Lifestyles. VCH will be supporting Amica’s outbreak response for the duration of the outbreak period, the health authority wrote in a recent release.

“Outbreak precautions have been implemented at Amica Lions Gate,” VCH states. “The facility is closed to new admissions and transfers at this time and all group activities have been suspended.” 

Visits to the facility have been suspended until outbreak measures are lifted; with an exception for essential care or compassionate visits at the end of life.

VCH has implemented the following infection prevention and control protocols:

  • Careful monitoring of residents, staff and physicians
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces
  • Closing the affected unit to resident admissions and transfers
  • Cohorting of staff to the affected areas
  • Self-monitoring or self-isolation of staff and physicians as part of Public Health contact tracing
  • COVID-19 testing for all symptomatic or potentially exposed residents.