VANCOUVER—A resident at a long-term care home experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in North Vancouver has died after contracting the virus, B.C. health officials confirmed Monday.
It is the first reported death in Canada linked to the virus.
“He was a man in his 80s,” B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters.
“He had a number of underlying health conditions, unfortunately, so (he was) in that risk group for people who were more likely to have severe disease.”
The outbreak at the Lynn Valley Care Centre has so far been linked to four cases of the novel coronavirus — two health-care workers and two residents.
Henry confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Monday, putting the total in the province at 32. The five new cases include one health-care worker who works at Lynn Valley Care Centre, two people who are close contacts of an existing case, one person who recently returned from travel to Iran and another who was in Italy recently.
All five patients are isolating themselves in their homes and are in stable condition, according to Henry.
Officials are conducting an investigation into the community transmission cases at the long-term care home to determine how a health care worker contracted the virus.
Henry said Monday investigators have determined the first health-care worker who tested positive for COVID-19 at Lynn Valley Care Centre contracted the virus in the care home.
“It is becoming apparent that her source of infection was at work. She didn’t bring it into the facility.”
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Henry has said it’s possible the infected staff member worked in other facilities before the virus was detected.
The care home is now following an outbreak protocol that restricts visitors and imposes “infection control precautions” on all staff interactions at the facility.
At least 74 people in Canada have COVID-19, including 32 confirmed cases in B.C., 34 in Ontario, four in Quebec, and four in Alberta.
More to come.