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New COVID-19 outbreak at Vancouver care home where 13 died

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B.C. health officials report 125 new cases of COVID-19, 72 in hospital

Ten people have contracted COVID-19 at a long-term care home in downtown Vancouver that was the site of one of B.C.’s worst outbreaks of the disease last spring.

Vancouver Coastal Health declared a new outbreak in the special care unit of Haro Park Centre on Tuesday.

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On Wednesday, the care home said one person who tested positive was in hospital, while nine others were being isolated on site.

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Haro Park Centre CEO Robert Gillis said early indications are that an asymptomatic family member of a resident brought the virus into the facility.

Gillis said the home was notified about the case on Sept. 27 and isolated the resident, but that it had already been several days since the visit.

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Nine of the 10 new cases were asymptomatic, he said.

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During the facility’s first outbreak, 89 people contracted COVID-19 and 13 patients died.

That outbreak was declared over on May 30.