Fraser Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Glenwood Care Centre over.
“With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in care facilities, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases at these locations,” Fraser Health said in a statement, referring to outbreaks in Chilliwack and Agassiz long term care facilities.
The outbreak only lasted five days, first declared Jan. 12 and declared over Jan. 17. According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the Glenwood Care Centre outbreak consisted of nine residents and four employees testing positive for COVID-19. No deaths were recorded in this outbreak.
To control infection rates, Fraser Health limited social visits in affected areas of the facility and modified staff and resident movement.
An outbreak is different from an exposure. Health officials can declare a COVID-19 outbreak “when evidence is found of COVID-19 spread from one person who has tested positive for COVID-19 to another.”
There have been two outbreaks at Glenwood last year, infecting at least five residents and five staff members in 2021. No deaths have been associated with past outbreaks. There’s been a total of five outbreaks in Agassiz long-term care homes, two of which were at Agassiz Seniors Community in October and December of 2020.
Vaccination rates are high among the senior population in Agassiz-Harrison, with nearly 90 per cent of the 50-plus age group fully vaccinated; 76 per cent of people aged 70 and older are fully vaccinated and have received a booster.