Coronavirus outbreak declared at Surrey long-term care home –

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Coronavirus outbreak declared at Surrey long-term care home – fr


VANCOUVER – Health officials declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility in Surrey after a staff member and resident at that facility tested positive for the disease.

The outbreak is the second at Brookside Lodge during the pandemic. A previous outbreak began on Christmas Day and was declared over on January 30, according to data released by the BC Center for Disease Control.

A total of 14 people have tested positive during this outbreak, including nine residents and five staff. A resident has died.

The current outbreak has prompted increased infection control measures at the site, according to a press release from Fraser Health.

These measures include restrictions on visitors and movement of staff and residents within the facility, as well as improved cleaning and twice-daily screening of all staff and residents for symptoms of COVID- 19.

The health authority says it is also working with Brookside staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus at the facility.

The staff member and resident who tested positive are each isolated in their home, according to Fraser Health.

Data released by the province in mid-February showed that 92% of Brookside residents had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by that time.

The province has not released data on staff immunization levels at specific long-term care facilities.

On Thursday, while announcing that British Columbia was speeding up its administration of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines, provincial health official Dr. Bonnie Henry said she expected British Columbia to have no longer providing second doses to all nursing home staff and residents. a few days to a few weeks. ”

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