Seven patients have died at Delta Hospital from COVID-19 since an outbreak was declared on September 16, prompting the hospital to stop admitting new patients.
However, the emergency department remains open for urgent care and all planned surgeries at the hospital will continue, Fraser Health said Monday.
“The emergency room is open and can provide usual emergency care. But if a patient needs additional care beyond the emergency department and must enter the hospital overnight or for several days, those patients will be transported to another hospital, ”said Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, Medical Officer of Health Acting Chief and Vice President, Population Health at Fraser Health.
Patients will be taken to a Fraser Health network hospital.
A total of 18 patients tested positive for COVID-19 at Delta Hospital, along with 17 staff.
Brodkin said some of the staff’s cases are the result of community exposure rather than their workplace, while all of the patients contracted the infection in hospital.
The outbreak is confined to the second floor which is a large medicine unit, the health authority said.
“We appreciate the fact that it has been a very difficult time for everyone, for the patients themselves who have fallen ill and their families and we have recognized that it is a difficult task,” said Brodkin.
The health authority says the improved infection prevention and control measures introduced at the start of the epidemic continue to be in place.
Outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital
Fraser Health is also facing an outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital, after evidence of transmission in a medicine unit, according to a press release issued Friday morning.
The health authority said the outbreak is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions.
He said he informed all patients in the affected unit about the outbreak and informed the families of patients unable to communicate with loved ones.
An outbreak had already been declared in the nephrology unit of the hospital in early September.
11 long-term care outbreaks
Health officials also announced a new outbreak at a South Surrey long-term care home on Monday.
A staff member at Chartwell Crescent Gardens in South Surrey has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is currently isolated at home.
“We are working closely with the site to proactively implement a number of improved infection prevention control measures. We also have the rapid response team that has been deployed to work with the site, ”Brodkin said.
A total of 11 long-term care and assisted living facilities in Fraser Health Region are facing an outbreak.
“We know this continues to be a difficult time for everyone as we respond to COVID-19. For families who have loved ones in long term care, our hospitals and teams work hard to provide the care needed to protect our patients, ”said Brodkin.