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COVID-19 confirmed at Squamish's Hilltop House

Two residents and two staff test positive at the Sea to Sky long-term care home
Squamish's Hilltop House.
Squamish's Hilltop House.

Two residents and two staff members at Hilltop House have tested positive for COVID-19, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) confirmed to The Chief on Jan. 18.

Originally, on Jan. 13, one resident and two staff members were said to have the virus.

As of Jan. 15, another resident had tested positive according to VCH.

Hilltop House is an 85-bed long-term care home that serves the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Interventions to curb the spread of the virus have been undertaken, an emailed statement from the health authority states. These interventions include screening of staff and residents for symptoms of COVID-19, appropriate testing of residents and staff, monitoring and execution of proper infection prevention and control practices.

"As situations evolve and under the direction of Medical Health Officers, outbreak control measures are adjusted to protect the safety of residents and staff," the statement reads.

The statement added that a priority for VCH is to connect with families of residents at the facility.

"Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) recognizes the concern families have when a COVID-19 outbreak is declared, and we want to reassure families that the health and safety of residents and staff in long-term care homes remains an utmost priority as part of VCH’s pandemic response," reads the statement.

VCH Medical Health Officers, along with Hilltop House staff, update families regularly and are available for any questions.

As of Jan. 14, there were 11 active outbreaks at seniors' living facilities in Vancouver Coastal Health.

Outbreaks at 52 seniors' living, and other health facilities, are responsible for 2,230 cases in the province, including 1,454 residents and 776 staff, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Thursday.

Since March 9, 1,038 people have died from COVID-19 in B.C.

Updates about long-term care facilities are regularly reported on the BCCDC website here:

~With files from Glen Korstrom / BIV

**Please note, this story has been updated since it was first posted to reflect that another resident tested positive.