COVID-19 outbreak declared at Langley Memorial Hospital
Published Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:36PM PDT Last Updated Tuesday, August 25, 2020 5:12PM PDT
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VANCOUVER -- Health officials have declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Langley Memorial Hospital.
The hospital was added to Fraser Health's list of active outbreaks on Tuesday, one day after the health authority learned a former patient had tested positive for the coronavirus.
"This is a patient who was discharged from Langley Memorial Hospital, and after his discharge his family noted some symptoms and took them to an outpatient assessment centre for screening," interim chief medical health officer Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin told reporters.
Fraser Health said the incident is isolated to one unit of the hospital, but did not specify which.
The health authority decided to declare the situation an outbreak, and said every patient and staff member who visited the unit at the same time as the patient with COVID-19 will be tracked down and notified "out of an abundance of caution."
"The unit is currently not accepting new patients or visitors at this time," said Dr. Victoria Lee, CEO of Fraser Health.
The person who tested positive is self-isolating at home, officials said.
Sometime on Monday, the health authority also added Bear Creek Villa, an independent living facility in Surrey, to the outbreak list. Officials have not shared any further details about that outbreak.
Neither of the two outbreaks were included during provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry's COVID-19 briefing on Monday, which means there are now 11 active outbreaks in health care facilities in B.C.