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Fire at Burnaby Hospital a factor in COVID-19 outbreak affecting 55 patients

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Burnaby Hospital is still struggling to deal with the first major hospital outbreak of COVID-19 in B.C. Grace Ke has the details – Nov 25, 2020

Fraser Health says the COVID-19 outbreak at Burnaby Hospital has grown to 55 patients and has contributed to five deaths.

Forty staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and health officials are working to determine if they are connected to the outbreak.

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Burnaby hospital emergency room temporarily closed after fire – Nov 16, 2020

The hospital is not accepting new admissions, Fraser Health said, with the exception of the intensive care unit, maternity unit, and community palliative care.

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Fraser Health declared an outbreak at the hospital on Nov. 9 after finding evidence of transmission in a medicine unit.

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A fire at the hospital on Nov. 16 appears to have contributed to the outbreak, the health authority said, as patients had to be moved into different areas of the hospital during the blaze for their safety.

RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the fire.