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UPDATE – According to Eryn Collins of Northern Health, one death has been confirmed, as of Monday afternoon, that was linked to this outbreak.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There are six cases of COVID-19 confirmed at a senior apartment complex, in Fort St. John, that is operated by the North Peace Seniors Housing Society.

According to Seniors Housing Society Assistant Manager Jenna Dyksterhuis, the cases were originally discovered last week when one of the residents was sent to the hospital due to a heart attack.

Dyksterhuis says all seniors who may have come into contact with the resident have since been self-isolating and the apartments have been put into lockdown as a precaution, to help further prevent the spread of the virus. At this time, no other residents are in hospital.

Prior to this incident, Dyksterhuis says staff have had strict safety protocols and cleaning procedures in place and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

According to Eryn Collins of Northern Health, one death has been confirmed, as of Monday afternoon, that was linked to this outbreak.

All residents of the apartment complex are being asked to take extra precautions, including reducing visitors and social interactions. People at risk have been asked to self-isolate in their apartments. Common rooms have been closed. Increased environmental cleaning is being performed throughout the complex.

All apartment residents are being asked to self-monitor for symptoms as well as limit visitors, cautiously adhere to mask-wearing in public areas in the buildings and hallways, and reduce movement and interactions with others.

 

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