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Update: COVID-19 outbreak at Kiwanis Care Centre now over

The outbreak had reached 42 cases but was declared over Jan. 19.
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A COVID-19 outbreak at Kiwanis Care Centre in New Westminster has been declared over as of Jan. 19.

A COVID-19 outbreak at Kiwanis Care Centre has been declared over.

Fraser Health made the announcement in a press release Jan. 19. The outbreak at Kiwanis Care Centre was first declared Jan. 6 with 17 cases. As of the latest B.C. Centre for Disease Control report published Jan. 20, it had grown to 42: 31 patients and 11 staff members. There were no deaths.

A previous Fraser Health press release, sent when the outbreak was first declared, said health officials had worked with the care home to implement control measures, including:

  • supporting staffing levels to maintain resident care; 
  • restricting social visits in the affected areas of the facility (essential visits can continue);
  • restricting and modifying staff and resident movement in the affected areas of the facility to minimize exposure to others;
  • enhancing cleaning and infection control measures;
  • notifying residents, families and staff;
  • screening all staff and residents twice a day;
  • undertaking additional testing and screening to support monitoring of disease control.

Kiwanis Care Centre was the site of smaller outbreaks earlier in the pandemic. As detailed in a report from the B.C. Seniors Advocate, it saw an outbreak in November 2020 involving three cases (one resident and two staff) and another in January 2021 involving one staff member.

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