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COVID-19 outbreaks declared at Royal Columbian Hospital, multiple care homes

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Health officials have declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Columbian Hospital, along with several additional long-term care homes.

Fraser Health said Thursday the Royal Columbian outbreak was declared after evidence of transmission on site, and one staff member tested positive.

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Contact tracing and enhanced cleaning had begun at the site, it said.

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The hospital’s emergency department remained open. The affected medicine unit was closed, but other operations in the hospital were unaffected.

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The health authority also declared an outbreak in a long-term care facility at Langley Memorial Hospital, where two staff members tested positive in the Rosewood and Cedar Hill residences.

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Two staff members also tested positive at The Residences at Clayton Heights in Surrey, Fraser Health said.

Additional outbreaks were declared at the Cottage-Worthington Pavilion long-term care home in Abbotsford and the Windermere Care Centre assisted-living facility in Vancouver.