Langley Lodge. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

UPDATED: Langley Lodge has had no new cases of COVID-19 in past six days

A COVID outbreak in the dementia unit at the long-term care home has claimed 16 lives

The number of COVID deaths at Langley Lodge had risen to 16 last week, but no new cases in six days is indicating a positive step for the facility.

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This is the second largest outbreak in a long-term care facility in B.C. The other occurred in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre and started in March.

That outbreak end with 76 people, including 52 elderly residents and 26 staff at the care home being diagnosed with COVID.

Twenty of the residents died.

In the latest report from Langley Lodge issued Friday, May 22, there are now 16 active cases among residents, eight among staff, and zero new cases, with 11 recovered.

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“We have had no new cases of COVID-19 in the past six days which is a positive step in our current outbreak,” the Lodge’s CEO Debra Hauptman posted online.

“Today Public Health has determined that 11 residents are fully recovered. This means that they no longer have symptoms and at least 10 days has passed since the onset of their symptoms,” Hauptman continued. “However we are remaining cautious and will continue to keep all residents on droplet precautions until Public Health determine that our outbreak is over.”

This current outbreak continues to be contained to the 2nd and 3rd floors. All residents continue to be confined to their rooms and are receiving tray meal service.

The Lodge received news Wednesday that a healthcare worker from FHA, who came to assist with the outbreak, tested positive for COVID-19. The healthcare worker worked on a unit where they have not had any cases to date.

And while the worker wore wearing personal protective equipment and had minimal contact with residents, the Lodge has had to upgrade outbreak measures, including confining residents to their rooms.

All residents and families have been informed of “the unfortunate development” by the CEO and medical director Dr. Mitchell Fagan.

“We will be monitoring the residents closely and we hope to get through this latest development without any further cases,” Hauptman said in her online update.

The virus was introduced into their dementia unit by an infected worker on April 27.

“There are 26 frail elderly residents in this unit who also have advanced dementia. Due to their cognitive impairment these residents are not able to understand social distancing to prevent the spread of infection. Normally, residents with advanced dementia are very mobile, actively touching surfaces in their unit,” she said.

“This situation presented a unique set of challenges for infection control, combined with a highly contagious strain of this virus introduced into a high-risk population,” Hauptman said.

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She’s often being asked if there is anything that they need.

“All of us in Langley Lodge are very appreciative of the kind messages that families have been sending to us. Our staff are working tremendously hard under difficult circumstances to care for loved ones. Please continue to support our staff with your messages of encouragement and compassion. And to quote Dr. Bonnie Henry, ‘be kind, be calm, and be safe’,” Hauptman concluded.

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