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COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at Surrey Memorial Hospital

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Health officials have confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 in the nephrology unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

The outbreak involves a single known case so far, but officials believe the patient contracted the virus while they were at the hospital, Fraser Health interim chief health officer Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin said Wednesday.

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The nephrology unit, which serves patients with kidney diseases, had fewer than a dozen patients in it, said Brodkin, all of whom are now being screened for COVID-19.

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The hospital has put enhanced infection prevention and control measures in place, Brodkin said, and the unit has been closed to new patients and visitors.

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Surrey Memorial Hospital remains open.