DAWSON CREEK -- Northern Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Rotary Manor long-term care facilty in Dawson Creek on Friday.

Two confirmed cases have been reported so far, one of the individuals has passed away.

Northern Health says the outbreak is contained to the special care unit and has been declared out of caution.

Residents and staff in the facility are being closely monitored for symptoms and non-essential in-person visits to the unit have been suspended for the time being.

Enhanced cleaning measures are in place throughout the facility as well to help stop the virus from spreading.

As of this week, Northern Health says 93 per cent of the residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

They added, even though vaccines are very effective in preventing COVID-19, cases can still occur.

"COVID-19 vaccines don't 100 per cent prevent you from getting COVID-19, it does provide significant protection from becoming seriously ill or worse as a result of that infection," said Northern Health spokesperson, Eryn Collins. 

This is the fourth COVID-19 outbreak in Dawson Creek within the last eight months.

The first outbreak also took place at Rotary Manor in November with nine residents and four staff members testing positive, and two people deceased. 

Two outbreaks were also declared at the Dawson Creek hospital early this year.

There are currently two other active outbreaks in the Peace Region still active. One outbreak is at the Heritage Manor in Fort St. John, and the other is at the Site C Dam project.

The outbreak notice for Rotary Manor will last at least 28 days.