Coronavirus outbreak declared at Delta Hospital

Sep 16 2020, 4:09 pm

Fraser Health has declared an outbreak at Delta Hospital after “evidence of transmission” in a medicine unit.

In a statement on Wednesday, the health authority said two patients at the hospital tested positive for the virus, but noted that the outbreak “is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions.”

Fraser Health said that in response to the outbreak, it has implemented safety precautions including enhanced cleaning as well as contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff, and patients.

As well, health officials have notified “all patients on the affected unit about the outbreak, and in addition, has informed the families of patients who are unable to share this information.”

The health authority also noted that the hospital’s emergency department at Delta Hospital remains open and there has been no impact to any other areas of  the facility.

Delta Hospital is working with essential visitors to the affected unit on a case-by-case basis.

The news comes on the same day that BC health officials said 122 new COVID-19 cases has been confirmed in the province, bringing the total number of recorded cases in BC to 7,489.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said that broken down by health region, this equates to 2,660 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 3,835 in the Fraser Health region, 195 in the Island Health region, 485 in the Interior Health region, 237 in the Northern Health region and 85 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

As it stands, there are 1,614 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,966 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are also 60 individuals who are hospitalized with COVID-19, 23 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There have been no new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 219 deaths in British Columbia.

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