COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

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An outbreak of eight COVID-19 cases has been confirmed at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Fraser Health says two patients and six staff members have been diagnosed with the disease. Fraser Health does not disclose which unit is affected.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Martin Lavoie said the first cases were detected last week, but contact tracing did not determine that they were online on Thursday.

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All affected personnel have been sent home to isolate themselves, access to the unit is restricted, and personnel are provided with improved protective equipment.

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“We are also improving cleaning, so it is now done twice a day to remove virus particles and disinfect so that there is no transmission from surfaces and objects,” said Lavoie.

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“We are decluttering to limit the number of objects and things that could be contaminated. We are also checking for symptoms. “










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The source of the initial infection remains under investigation, but Lavoie said it was not related to detainees at Mission Institution who were being treated at the institution.

Lavoie added that area residents should not be afraid to go to the hospital if they need treatment.

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It’s like we said, located in one unit. And so the rest of the facility is safe to use for sure, “he said.

I think one of the messages it suggests is that COVID-19 is not gone and we have to be careful.

“We have to do it slowly. We must continue to follow all the measures and recommendations that have been mentioned previously, because they still exist. “

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