DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A staff member of Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek has tested positive for COVID-19.

Northern Health is implementing enhanced COVID-19 precautions at Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek, following lab confirmation of a single COVID-positive case in a staff member. Communication with Rotary Manor staff, residents, and families is underway.

At this time, Northern Health says there is no evidence of transmission of illness among staff or residents within the Rotary Manor facility. As a precaution, NH Medical Health Officers have declared a facility outbreak, based on the criteria for declaring an outbreak in long-term care settings. In this case, it is a single lab-confirmed case in a staff member, who worked during their potential infectious period.

Northern Health care facilities have implemented very clear policies and procedures for COVID-19 infection prevention and control, and the risk of transmission to residents, staff and physicians in a health care facility is considered low.

Northern Health is working with staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed, and is taking steps to protect the health of all Rotary Manor staff, residents and families with the following additional precautions in place:

The precautionary outbreak declaration will be in place until at least November 8, 2020, which is 14 days after any potential exposure to the confirmed case within the facility. If there is still no evidence of transmission of illness within the facility after that time, the outbreak can be declared over, and social visits will be able to resume.

More information on public exposures, school exposures, and facility or community outbreaks of COVID-19 within the Northern Health region, is available here: www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/public-exposures-and-outbreaks