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COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Menno Home in Abbotsford

Long-term care home had 67 cases and 13 deaths since mid-November
Menno Place. (Google Street View image.)

The COVID-19 outbreak at Menno Home in Abbotsford has been declared over.

The outbreak at the long-term care facility began in mid-November, when it was announced that two residents had tested positive.

The number of cases in the E2 unit grew to a total of 67 (42 residents and 25 staff) and 13 deaths.

This was the community’s second largest outbreak after Tabor Home, which recorded 156 cases (93 residents and 63 staff) and 26 deaths before the outbreak there was declared over on Jan. 8.

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Menno Place (of which Menno Home is a part) said on its website that they have now entered a “phased approach” to return to activities, dining together, movement throughout the unit and safe visits.

“We are so sorry for the losses brought by this COVID-19 outbreak. The 13 residents who succumbed to COVID are not forgotten. We are grieving,” stated a message on the website.

“Thank the whole team – they gave it their all, and it was a battle. We think of the 25 staff and 42 residents who battled this virus in their own bodies – and wish them a complete recovery.”

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.

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The only Abbotsford care home with a current outbreak is Mayfair Senior Living Care, which, as of the last report on the BC Centre for Disease control website, has 12 cases (seven residents and five staff) and no deaths.

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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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