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COVID-19 outbreak at New West's Queen's Park Care Centre declared over

The outbreak was declared on April 26.
A COVID-19 test being conducted.

A COVID-19 outbreak declared at Queen's Park Care Centre in New Westminster on April 26 is now over. 

Fraser Health said the outbreak was declared after evidence of transmission in a rehabilitation unit.

The health authority said during the outbreak, it ceased group activities and communal dining and placed all patients on droplet precautions. 

The outbreak was officially declared over on May 7.

When is a COVID-19 outbreak declared in an acute-care facility?

Determination and declaration of an outbreak in an acute-care facility is made by the medical health officer or their official designate, according to the Fraser Health website.

“An outbreak may be declared when at least one staff or patient/resident (is) diagnosed with COVID-19; AND an investigation indicates transmission most likely occurred in the facility, from another patient/resident, visitor or staff, rather than prior to admission (for patients/residents) or from the community (for staff),” Fraser Health’s site notes.

Further information about COVID-19 outbreaks in health-care facilities is available at the Fraser Health outbreaks page.

- with files from Julie MacLellan, New West Record