COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and a local long-term care facility.
According to Interior Health’s list of current outbreaks, the April 21 hospital outbreak is connected to the 3North Medical Unit.
An outbreak was declared at the Hamlets at Vernon on April 20. That outbreak is connected to the Ellison and Nicola long-term care units.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are sharply rising in B.C., according to the latest weekly data from the BCCDC. The weekly report showed there are currently 485 people in hospital with the virus, up from 364 the week before. Thirty-eight people are in ICU, up by two from last week.
From April 10 to 16, 27 people are believed to have died from COVID. When B.C. moved to weekly reporting, the way deaths are tallied was changed to 30-day all-cause mortality, meaning that anyone who dies within 30-days of testing positive for COVID is counted. This results in an overcount of fatalities and will be retroactively corrected once the cause of death is confirmed by vital statistics.
– With files from Cole Schisler