COVID-19 outbreaks reported in 4 hospitals in British Columbia

Four other British Columbia hospitals declared COVID-19 outbreaks in the latest wave of the pandemic after several patients from each facility tested positive for the disease.

The outbreaks were announced on Wednesday. One hospital, Kelowna General Hospital, is in the Interior Health area, while the other three are in Fraser Health. This health authority also declared a fourth outbreak in the high-intensity rehabilitation unit of a long-term care home.

One of the new outbreaks at Fraser Health is at Burnaby Hospital, where transmission has been observed in three separate units. The health authority said eight patients tested positive in an acute care unit for the elderly, three patients tested positive in a surgical unit and two patients in a medical unit tested positive.

Meanwhile, at Langley Memorial Hospital, six patients tested positive in a medicine unit. Fraser Health’s third hospital outbreak is at Peace Arch Hospital, where five patients tested positive in a patient assessment and halfway house unit.

All affected units in the three hospitals are closed to admissions, but emergency departments are open in all facilities.

“Fraser Health has notified all patients on affected units of each outbreak, and in addition, families of patients who are unable to share this information have been notified,” the health authority said in a statement.

Details of the outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital were not provided by Interior Health, but the provincial Department of Health announced in Wednesday’s written update on COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, there were 49 outbreaks underway in health facilities across British Columbia, according to the ministry. This total includes 39 in long-term care homes, nine in acute care facilities, such as hospitals, and one in an independent or independent living facility.

Other BC hospitals experiencing outbreaks include Surrey Memorial, Eagle Ridge, Royal Columbian, and Abbotsford Regional.

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