COVID-19 case diagnosed at Abbotsford rehabilitation residence

COVID-19 case diagnosed at Abbotsford rehabilitation residence

First Abbotsford care home to have confirmed COVID-19 case

A resident of Abbotsford’s Worthington Pavilion rehabilitation unit has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Fraser Health’s SWAT team is on site and the health authority says patients and families are being notified.

Worthington Pavilion provides “rehabilitation and recovery services for patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions so that they may safely return home following hospitalization,” according to Fraser Health.

Worthington Pavilion isn’t a long-term care residence – residents are at the site temporary and aren’t all elderly. But Dr. Martin Lavoie, Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer, said the health authority was issuing the public notice “out of an abundance of caution” because it is connected with Cottage Pavilion, which is a long-term care residence.

Officials spoke to the media at 11:30 a.m., but weren’t able to provide details about the number of residents at the two pavilions.

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In a statement, Fraser Health said: “Enhanced control measures have been put in place at the Worthington Pavilion rehabilitation unit. Fraser Health is working with the staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and taking steps to protect the health of all staff, patients and families.”

“To prevent transmission of COVID-19, Fraser Health is ensuring staff currently working at the Worthington Pavilion rehabilitation unit will not be working at any other facility.”

The facilities also see twice-daily screening of residents. That includes asking about, and monitoring for, potential symptoms and taking residents’ temperatures.

COVID-19 has been diagnosed in more than a dozen different residential care facilities around the province, although most of those sites have seen only one or two cases.

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