New Westminster hospital hit by COVID-19 outbreak

New Westminster’s hospital has declared a COVID-19 outbreak after a staff member tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At this time, the outbreak is limited to one unit at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.

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The unit is now closed to admissions. 

Fraser Health has implemented enhanced cleaning and started its contact tracing investigation. The emergency department, however, remains open and the rest of the hospital has not been affected.

“Fraser Health has notified all patients on the affected unit about the outbreak, and in addition, have informed the families of patients who are unable to share this information,” wrote a spokesperson for the health authority in a press release Thursday evening.

Two staff members at Langley Memorial Hospital long term care have also tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members work in the Cedar Hill and Rosewood residences that are owned and operated by Fraser Health.

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