New COVID Outbreak (Five Patients) at Chilliwack General Hospital

Fraser Valley – Late Sunday evening, Fraser Health shared the following information about COVID-19 in our region:

Long term care:

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak over at George Derby Centre in Burnaby. With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in care facilities, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases at this location.

Acute care:

Fraser Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Chilliwack General Hospital after evidence of transmission in a medicine unit at each site. 

One patient at Surrey Memorial Hospital and five patients at Chilliwack General Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 as part of these outbreaks. The outbreaks are limited to one unit at each hospital. The units are temporarily closed to admissions. CGH had an outbreak at one unit in January 2021. While Fraser Health is always hesitant to give specifics, FVN has learned that this outbreak is in acute care.

Upon declaring the outbreaks, Fraser Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning as well as contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff, and patients.

The emergency departments at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Chilliwack General Hospital remain open. Fraser Health has notified all patients on the affected units about the outbreaks, and in addition, has informed the families of patients who are unable to share this information.

Schools:

Following investigation and additional testing after COVID-19 variants of concern were initially identified at École Woodward Hill and Surrey Traditional Elementary School, one individual from Woodward Hill in Surrey and two individuals from Surrey Traditional have tested positive for a variant of concern.

One class at Woodward Hill is already isolating and will remain in isolation until March 4th.

Two classes at Surrey Traditional will self-isolate until March 4th. Both schools remain open.

Mass testing of affected classrooms was also initiated at James Ardiel Elementary and Tamanawis Secondary in response to a variant exposure, and no new cases were identified at either of these schools. No positive cases were found in any additional testing of school-related close contacts of variants of concern.

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