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Coronavirus: Two new health-care outbreaks in B.C. but no new deaths

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B.C. health officials report two new outbreaks of COVID-19 at long-term care homes on Wednesday, June 17. – Jun 17, 2020

British Columbia health officials have confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks at two new health-care facilities, as well as 19 new cases of the virus.

The outbreaks are at Mission Memorial Hospital and Tabor Home, a long-term care facility, in Abbotsford.

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“The outbreak at Tabor Home and at the Maple Hill long-term care facility announced (Tuesday) are connected to the outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital,” said provincial health officials in a statement.

“Mission Memorial is a small hospital, which means services for the local community are now limited to urgent and emergency care only.”

The province says public health teams are on site working to contain the outbreaks.

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According to Fraser Health, there are three cases at the Mission hospital. One additional case each was transferred to the Maple Hill and Tabor facilities.

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The patients were put into a 14-day quarantine when they were transferred, during which they developed symptom said Dr. Martin Lavoie with Fraser Health.

“At the time of transfer, there was no indication that we had COVID-19 at Mission Memorial,” said Lavoie.

“The protocol is still that when the transfer occurs, there was no symptoms, the person was transferred. We put them under quarantine to check for symptoms in the 14 days following that. This is what happened, and this is how we detected this case.”

No new deaths were reported Wednesday, leaving the provincial total at 168.

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B.C. has now recorded 2,775 cases of the virus, more than 87 per cent of whom have recovered.

Of the remaining 185 active cases, 11 patients are in hospital and five are in intensive care.

An outbreak at the Oppenheimer Group produce distributor has been declared over.

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