JoeAnna’s House in November 2019. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

JoeAnna’s House in November 2019. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

JoeAnna’s House remains open amid COVID-19 outbreak

The KGH Foundation said they increased protective measures at the house

The Kelowna General Hospital Foundation’s home away from home, JoeAnna’s House, remains open despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, despite being open the foundation’s director Shauna Nyrose said patients’ families are choosing not to come and voluntarily distance themselves.

“At this time, our occupancy is fairly low relative to what we saw when we first opened in December. But that said, we still do have families in the home and we’ve increased our protective measures to make sure those people are safe and able to self-isolate even while they’re staying at JoeAnna’s House,” she said.

“We’ve set up measures so volunteers will not actually be coming into the home. We’re just trying as much as possible to minimize the number of people coming in.”

Nyrose added visitors are prohibited from coming until further notice. JoeAnna’s House has a day-use area to provide respite for patients’ families during the day, which has now been closed as well until further notice.

“We want to make sure the guests and our staff are protected and we can maintain as low a risk as possible. But we do feel that it’s important to keep JoeAnna’s House open for as long as we can.”

Nyrose said the KGH Foundation office is closed to the public, which means people will not be able to make in-person donations.

“As an organization, we’re still operational. A lot of us are working from home and remotely. Donors can still call us and gifts can still be made online or through Canada Post,” she said.

“We’re just limiting face-to-face contact at this time. Our donor population is elderly and our office is located in the hospital, so we have a responsibility to make sure that we’re being extra cautious not only to protect the health and safety of our donors and our community but also KGH staff and patients that are here.”

JoeAnna’s House first opened on Nov. 21 after two years of fundraising and construction. The 20-bed house was named in honour of Josef (Joe) and Anna Huber, founders of Prestige Hotels and Resorts in the Okanagan.

READ MORE: JoeAnna’s House officially opens

READ MORE: COVID-19: Kelowna grocery store steps up methods to increase sanitation


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Coronavirus

Just Posted

(Dave Ogilvie/Contributed)
UPDATE: West Kelowna fire crews rescue injured mountain biker

The injury took place at the top of Smith Creek Road

Kelowna flags were flown at half-mast after the discovery of a residential school burial site in Kamloops. (File photo)
Central Okanagan school board chair reflects on recent tragedies

Moyra Baxter offers condolenses to residential school victims, slain Muslim family

Bentley resting on a bench at Kal Park in Vernon not knowing there is a baby rattlesnake curled up below. Bentley jumped down and was bit by the snake. (Facebook)
Dog bit by baby rattler at popular Vernon park

The rattlesnake was hidden underneath a park bench when it struck out

Kierra Smith (Contributed)
Kelowna swimmer headed to Toronto hoping to qualify for Olympics

If she qualifies, it will be Kierra Smith’s second time swimming at the Olympics

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Jane Linden
KCR: Volunteering keeps you active

Kelowna Community Resources shares stories of its volunteers in a weekly column

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Walk to End Abuse in South Okanagan breaks fundraising record

More than $53,000 raised so far while the pandemic has increased need for SOWINS’ services

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

Most Read