The latest update from Tabor Home in Abbotsford indicates that 26 staff and 22 residents have now tested positive for COVID-19.
The information is current as of 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12), according to an email sent by Dan Levitt, executive director of Tabor Village, which owns and operates the long-term-care facility.
The previous update, released on Monday (Nov. 9), indicated that 22 staff and 19 residents had tested positive.
When the outbreak was first reported on Friday, Nov. 6, seven staff and two residents had tested positive.
Levitt stated that more than 200 people were tested last week and will be tested again Friday (Nov. 13).
“We will be completing swab tests every week moving forward until we see all staff and residents test negative and the outbreak is declared over,” Levitt said in the email, which was sent to “family and friends of Tabor Home.”
He said the site is working with epidemiologists at Fraser Health who are doing contact tracing to determine why the outbreak is so large.
Levitt said staffing levels are being maintained at the facility, and movement around the home is being restricted, including temporarily isolating residents in their rooms.
“Our recreation team is putting their creativity to the test and continuing activities in unique ways with the utmost caution and safety as a top priority,” he said.
These activities include therapy using robotic pets, activity booklets such as crosswords and word searches, and prayer and devotionals using the Clearbrook Church TV channel.
Levitt said the Tabor Village outbreak management team and Fraser Health have an additional on-site presence “to take any further actions required and support the implementation of enhanced safety measures.”
Levitt said among the other steps being taken at Tabor Home are ensuring they have a well-stocked supply of personal protective equipment, restricting visitors throughout the facility, and enhancing cleaning and infection-control measures.
Tabor Village is accepting donations online to its COVID-19 emergency relief fund to support increased safety measures, resident wellness and recreation programs, additional equipment needs, and staff encouragement programs.