Interior Health and staff at Salmon Arm’s Lakeside Manor continue work to prevent further spread of COVID-19. (File photo)

Interior Health and staff at Salmon Arm’s Lakeside Manor continue work to prevent further spread of COVID-19. (File photo)

Salmon Arm retirement community mourning loss of resident who contracted COVID-19

COVID-19 cases increase at Lakeside Manor, but no new cases since Dec. 16

The Lakeside Manor community is mourning the death of a resident who was recently hospitalized for another health issue but was found to have had COVID-19.

Melanie Reinhardt, president at Lakeside Manor, confirmed a resident had passed away but, out of respect for the family and privacy, was unable to comment further.

“We are aware that one of our residents has passed away during this time, but I want to be really respectful of the family,” said Reinhardt.

As of Dec. 11, there were five confirmed cases at Lakeside Manor, a retirement residential complex run by Vantage Living. On Thursday, Dec. 24, Reinhardt said that since the 11th, more cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed and that affected residents remained in self-quarantine.

“I tend to stay away from the numbers because they tend to be a little bit interpretive, because there’s the number of people who have been diagnosed and numbers of people who have been cleared,” said Reinhardt, who stressed there have been no new cases since Dec. 16.

Read more: Five cases of COVID-19 now confirmed at Salmon Arm independent living complex

Read more: UPDATE: Three cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Salmon Arm retirement living facility

Back on the 11th, Reinhardt was hoping conditions might have improved enough to look at slowly reopening some of Lakeside’s communal facilities. Now, that won’t be a consideration until at least Dec. 30.

“We’re not opening anything until we’re 14 days clear,” said Reinhardt. “I’m trying not to give our residents any false hope on dates. I’m working with our medical health officers on the reopening plan.”

Asked about protocol related to deliveries, Reinhardt noted one change has to do with pharmacy deliveries.

“We have increased our individual activity in deliveries,” said Reinhardt. “For example, pharmacies. Pharmacies used to deliver to the residents’ doors, and now they deliver to our front office and we arrange with the individuals to get their pharmacy orders delivered.”

Staff at Lakeside continue to conduct wellness checks with residents to make sure their needs are being addressed.

“We have people who are telling us I’m choosing just to stay in my room right now,” said Reinhardt. “We want to support that. These are our friends, these are our community members. So I’m making sure my team is reaching out to them by telephone a couple of times a week just to make sure that if they need anything, that somebody knows and somebody can respond to it.”

With no new cases of COVID-19 arising over the past eight days, Reinhardt is looking forward to the end of the month, hoping to have turned a corner.

“Again, it’s important everybody knows, we’re not moving ahead without medical health officers,” said Reinhardt. “We’re moving in-step, making sure that everybody is comfortable with our plans to keep the community safe.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Salmon Arm

Just Posted

(Pixabay.com photo)
No COVID-19 baby boom in Summerland

Pandemic has not resulted in surge in births in 2020 and 2021

(Black Press file photo)
EDITORIAL: Curtailing attempts at scams

The true total of losses from all scams and frauds could be much higher than the figures on file

People at the beach in front of Discovery Bay Resort on Tuesday, July 14. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Heat wave forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap

Temperatures are forecast to hit record breaking highs this week

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The Pierre family, an Indigenous family, once lived in what is now downtown Summerland. Today, Pierre Drive is named in honour of the family. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Pierre family played role in Summerland’s history

Downtown Summerland was once Penticton Indian Reserve #3

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Photograph By MICHAEL POTESTIO.KTW
Former Kamloops security gaurd wants job back after kicking incident caught on video

Rick Eldridge quit when a video surfaced of him kicking a man outside a facility for homeless

People participated in a walk to honour the 215 children found at a former Kamloops residential school, as well as residential school survivors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna marks National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with walk to remember Kamloops 215

“Let’s speak the truth and deal with the truth, and heal.”

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

A home on Cameo Drive sustained major damage due to an early morning fire Monday, June 21. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
UPDATE: Fire sparked during Vernon home renovation

Heavy black smoke from Cameo Drive home, no one inside

Most Read