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Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey homeless shelter

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Fraser Health says 24 clients and two staff have tested positive at the Surrey Emergency Response Centre, which opened last year. Grace Ke reports – Jan 24, 2021

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a homeless shelter in Surrey.

Fraser Health says 24 clients and two staff have tested positive at the Surrey Emergency Response Centre, which opened last year.

According to a city announcement of its opening, the centre is referral-only and has 110 “safe spaces.”

The health authority says they are now screening staff and clients, and contact tracing is underway.

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Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate.

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There have been outbreaks at other homeless shelters in the region, including one at Portal Shelter in Surrey.

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That outbreak was declared on January 4th.

At the time, Fraser Health had said 12 staff and 25 clients at the shelter had tested positive.

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