Another COVID-19 outbreak declared in New Westminster

A new COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in New Westminster.

A staff member at Kiwanis Care Centre in New Westminster has tested positive the virus.

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“Enhanced control measures have been put in place at each site. Fraser Health is working with staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families,” said a Fraser Health news release.

This comes as the New Westminster health delivery area has reported 587 cases of COVID-19 in the past week, a 48.7% increase over the previous week.

The Fraser North health delivery area — which includes Tri-Cities, Burnaby, New Westminster and Maple Ridge — has now registered 2,996 cases since January.

The numbers build on historical data released by BC Centre for Disease Control indicating that cases of COVID-19 more than tripled in October.

New modelling from the BCCDC indicates cases of COVID-19 are doubling across the province every 13 days. 

That’s put pressure on contact tracers, whose work is critical to understanding and isolating the virus before it’s transmitted further.

“We’re reaching our limits,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, urging Metro Vancouverites to heed her latest public health orders. 

- With files from Stefan Labbe

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