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COVID-19 outbreak at White Rock care home spreads to 39 people

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A COVID-19 outbreak at the White Rock Seniors Village has now spread to nearly 40 people. – Nov 16, 2020

An outbreak at a care home in White Rock has now spread to nearly 40 people.

A letter sent home to families from Retirement Concepts, which operates White Rock Seniors Village, says 23 residents on the third floor of the building tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, 16 staff members have also tested positive and they are now in self-isolation.

There is an independent living area in the facility, which so far remains COVID-free.

No friends or family are allowed to visit any of the residents at the home and only essential trips outside are now permitted.

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Health officials have detected COVID-19 at four additional residential care homes.

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Fraser Health issued bulletins on Saturday and Sunday, saying that rapid response teams had been deployed to each facility.

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Staff members at the Kiwanis Care Centre in New Westminster and the George Derby Centre in Burnaby had tested positive, the health authority said.

A staff member and three residents at Jackman Manor in Aldergrove, and a staff member and one resident at the PICS assisted living facility in Surrey, also tested positive, it said.

As of Friday, more than 12,800 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the Fraser Health region since the start of the pandemic, more than half of B.C.’s nearly 21,000 total cases.

— With files from Simon Little