Today, British Columbians were shocked to learn that two residents of a North Vancouver long-term care home have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said that the 26th and 27th cases in B.C. live at Lynn Valley Care Centre.
The 21st B.C. resident who tested positive, a woman in her 50s, is a staff member of the facility and has no recent travel history to countries affected by COVID-19.
Public-health officials are investigating how COVID-19 could have shown up in Lynn Valley Care Centre, which is part of a campus of care operated by North Shore Private Hospital.
Vancouver Coastal Health's financial records show that North Shore Private Hospital received $7,888,605 from the health authority in 2019.
According to Dun & Bradstreet, the company has 139 employees at all of its locations and its revenue is estimated at $9.42 million.
Dun & Bradstreet lists Abolhassan Sherkat as president and director, and Afsar Sherkat as a director.
When the province announced in 2007 that it would provide an annual housing subsidy of up to $79,800 for 14 assisted-living units, the news release listed Mehdi Sherkat as the administrator of North Shore Private Hospital.
At the time, the B.C. Liberal government announced that the Lynn Valley Care Centre at 1070 Lynn Valley Road was being built as a replacement for North Shore Private Hospital, which opened in 1969.
Back then, the provincial government stated that after the second phase was complete, there would be 29 assisted-living units and 62 residential care beds. It would adjoin Lynn Valley Lodge, which had 92 complex care beds at the time, of which 89 were funded by Vancouver Coastal Health.
On March 6, Dix and Henry were joined by Premier John Horgan at a news conference to unveil B.C.'s pandemic plan.