Health officials say there are more than 100 cases of COVID-19 at Tabor Home in Abbotsford, in the largest outbreak at a long-term care centre in the Fraser Health region since the pandemic hit B.C. in March.
Fraser Health declared the outbreak on Nov. 6, saying that two staff members and two residents had tested positive for the virus. Tabor Home is a long term care facility in Abbotsford that is owned and operated by Tabor Village. It has 118 long term care beds.
In a note to family and friends Monday, Tabor Village said that 42 staff and 59 residents had tested positive for the virus.
“Many staff who tested positive for the virus were in shock as they experienced no symptoms,” the note said.
“It is our belief that many of these positive cases are individuals who already had the virus within them, but didn’t display symptoms or show on their test until later.”
Tabor Village said all visits have ceased for the duration of the outbreak with the exception of end of life visits, and movement around the home has been restricted.
Other measures include enhanced cleaning practices, twice a day screening of symptoms with staff and residents, and weekly testing of all staff and residents.
In an op-ed for The Vancouver Sun in September, Dan Levitt, executive director of Tabor Village, wrote that seniors are more vulnerable and require more safety measures to protect them.
He said they need to be able to decide for themselves (or their substitute decision-maker) if they wish to continue residing if the residence is under such restricted conditions.
They also need timely access to medical and hospital care, regular communication with family members by phone, teleconferencing, in-person visits, and the option to choose a range of advance care planning interventions.
“We as a society must do everything to change the aging journey. Just because a senior lives in care does not mean their rights are any different from anyone else,” he wrote.
“Somehow, long term care is not publicly insured under the Canada Health Act and a result not a federal policy priority. With the pandemic shining the public policy and political spotlight on old age institutions, now is time to make a commitment to change from complacency with the status quo and create our preferred future.”
More to come…