Delta Hospital in the Fraser Health network, has put a temporary hold on admitting new patients.
The announcement comes less than a month after evidence of COVID-19 transmission in a medicine unit, prompting an outbreak to be declared.
“Patients will not be admitted for the time being in order to further protect them from the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at the hospital,” says Fraser Health in an emailed statement.
The health authority says that if patients need admission to a hospital for further care, they’ll be, “transported to an appropriate hospital” within Fraser Health.
The hospital will; however, keep its emergency department open for any urgent and emergency care. Scheduled surgeries at the hospital will also continue.
“Enhanced infection prevention and control measures were put in place at the onset of the outbreak and continue to be in place,” says Fraser Health. “All appropriate staff, medical staff and patients are being tested, and contact tracing is being carried out to prevent further transmission.”
Fraser Health adds that the visitor policy is being strictly enforced as well.
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The health authority also announced an outbreak at another long-term care home. A staff member at Chartwell Crescent Gardens in South Surrey recently tested positive for the virus.
A rapid response team is currently on-site and communicating with residents and families; the staff member is in self-isolation at their home.
Fraser Health says that enhanced control measures are in place and work is being done to identify any potential exposures.
Measures such as enhanced cleaning, a visitor restriction, staff and resident restriction, and enhanced screening are in place.