The North Okanagan Hospice Society offers a workshop in May in Vernon, Armstrong and Lumby designed to start a conversation about what matters most if life were short. (Photo submitted)

COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon’s hospice house

Entire facility affected, along with Heritage Square

North Okanagan Hospice Society (NOHS) is the latest place to be dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

The entire facility is affected by the outbreak, declared Thursday, Dec. 15.

“We are following all Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols, and have the necessary staff and medical equipment to provide quality care for the clients impacted,” said Lisa Matthews, NOHS executive director.

Family members have been advised of the situation.

The outbreak status will be reviewed by the ministry on Dec 22.

The Vernon hospice house is one of two local facilities dealing with an outbreak.

Heritage Square’s first floor declared an outbreak Dec. 6.

An outbreak was also declared Dec. 14 at Kelowna General Hospital’s rehabilitation department.

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