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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Menno Home in Abbotsford

Fraser Health says two staff members and two residents tested positive
Menno Home in Abbotsford. (Google Street View)

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Menno Home in Abbotsford after two residents and two staff members tested positive.

Menno Home is a long-term care facility owned and operated by the Mennonite Benevolent Society. Fraser Health said in a press release on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 2) that the residents and staff members are currently in self-isolation at their homes.

The press release does not indicate whether the infected people are vaccinated.

The release states that the agency is working with the site to implement enhanced control measures Fraser Health says two staff members and two residents tested positive to identify anyone who might have been exposed.

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Social visits are being restricted in the affected areas of Menno Home, but essential visits are continuing. As well, screening of all staff and residents is taking place twice a day, Fraser Health said.

In addition, Fraser Health said it has deployed care staff and rapid-response teams – including clinical nurse educators, experts in infection prevention and control, screeners, and patient-care-quality officers – to communicate with families and assess symptoms.

“During this time, Fraser Health has additional presence at (the) site to take any further actions required and support the facility. This includes dedicated people to address quality; answer questions from staff, residents and family; and provide active checks of symptoms with staff and residents,” the release states.

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Menno Home was the site of Abbotsford’s second largest COVID-19 outbreak, starting in November. By the time the outbreak was declared over at the end of January, there had been a total of 67 cases (42 residents and 25 staff) and 13 deaths.

The outbreak resulted in the facility asking for family members to apply as paid “temporary relief workers” in the areas of housekeeping, food services and laundry due to staff shortages.

The community’s largest outbreak was at Tabor Home, which had 156 cases (93 residents and 63 staff) and 26 deaths by the time it was declared over on Jan. 8.

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Vikki Hopes

About the Author: Vikki Hopes

I have been a journalist for almost 40 years, and have been at the Abbotsford News since 1991.
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