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New West's worst COVID-19 outbreak keeps growing

Royal City Manor has been battling an outbreak
COVID-19 swab in lab Photo: Getty Images

The worst COVID-19 outbreak in New Westminster just keeps on growing.

The long-term care unit at Royal City Manor has had a coronavirus outbreak since Jan. 3, and it has reached at least 131 cases, according to the last update on Feb. 11 by the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Out of those 131 cases, 101 involve residents – 25 of those residents have died. The outbreak comes just as long-term care residents received the COVID-19 vaccine. The BCCDC is expected to update these numbers later this week.

New COVID-19 cases in New Westminster dropped significantly, according to the last data from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

BCCDC data show New Westminster had a total of 50 new coronavirus cases between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6 – down from the 85 new coronavirus cases between Jan. 24 and 30. By contrast, Richmond had 45 new cases during the same period despite being a community of 215,000 people compared to about 70,000 in New West.

Another update on city-wide numbers is expected later today by the BCCDC.