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Since the Kiwanis Towers in Richmond opened in 2015, building manager Milan Kljajic has been making sure the 400-plus low income seniors who live in the two buildings are safe.
COVID-19 has made that caution and concern of paramount importance, and Kljajic was ahead of the curve when it came to implementing pandemic protocols.
“Our safety has always been his No. 1 priority and especially during these very dangerous months living with COVID,” Kiwanis Towers resident Ken Simpson said in nominating Kljajic as a COVID-19 hero. “COVID is all around us in the community, but none in our building to date … touch wood.”
To be eligible to live in one of the 296 units at Kiwanis Towers, a low-income, independent living seniors residence, you must earn less than $41,000 a year if you’re single, and $48,000 if you’re a couple. The minimum age is 60 before you can apply. Right now, the eldest resident is 97, the average age is 76.
12 a.m. – British Columbia’s COVID-19 death toll tops 900
On Thursday, provincial health officials confirmed another 11 deaths, and 683 new cases.
The daily update brings total deaths to 901 and total cases to 51,983, including 7,803 active cases.
Almost a third of all B.C. long-term care facility residents who contracted COVID-19 in 2020 died.