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Second COVID-19 outbreak at George Derby campus unrelated to first, says Fraser Health

A resident of George Derby Centre in Burnaby has tested positive for COVID-19. Fraser Health says that case is unrelated to a separate outbreak at Derby Manor, located on the same campus of care.
A resident of George Derby Centre in Burnaby has tested positive for COVID-19. Fraser Health says that case is unrelated to a separate outbreak at Derby Manor, located on the same campus of care. George Derby Centre

Fraser Health has reported two COVID-19 outbreaks within hours at separate health-care facilities owned by one company in Burnaby — but they say the two outbreaks aren’t connected.

On Friday afternoon, health officials announced that a staff member at Derby Manor, an independent living facility operated by the George Derby Care Society, had contracted the virus.

Hours later, they said a resident of George Derby Centre, a long-term care centre, had also tested positive.

The two are separate facilities, located on the same campus of care.

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Fraser Health said in a release that there is no evidence right now that the two outbreaks are linked.

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“The staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the outbreak at Derby Manor announced earlier today did not work at George Derby Centre,” the health authority said.

Fraser Health said both patients are self-isolating, and contact-tracing measures are underway.

The health authority’s website says George Derby Centre hosts 300 publicly subsidized long-term beds, while Derby Manor has 122 residential units.

Non-essential visits at B.C. long-term care home will be suspended if COVID-19 is reported
Non-essential visits at B.C. long-term care home will be suspended if COVID-19 is reported