Health authorities confirm new case of coronavirus at Metro Vancouver care centre

Mar 20 2020, 12:43 pm

Local health officials have confirmed a case of COVID-19 at a Coquitlam care centre.

According to a release from Fraser Health, a staff member at Dufferin Care Centre has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The staff member is currently in self-isolation at home and Fraser Health has said “enhanced control measures have been put been put in place” at the centre.

“Fraser Health is working with the staff at Dufferin Care Centre to identify anyone who may have been exposed and taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families.”

The health authority has implemented several measures at the care home including:

  • Staffing levels being maintained to provide resident care
  • Visits limited to essential visitors
  • Staff and resident movement in the facility being restricted
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures
  • Screening of all staff and residents

This is the latest case of the coronavirus to be announced in a Metro Vancouver care home.

Earlier this week, a resident at downtown Vancouver’s Haro Park Centre was diagnosed with the virus. Another resident was diagnosed at West Vancouver’s Hollyburn House.

Seven of the province’s eight coronavirus related deaths have occurred at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre.