A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Surrey Memorial Hospital. (File photo)

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Surrey Memorial Hospital. (File photo)

Fraser Health says 11 cases linked to COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Outbreak declared Nov. 18

Fraser Health says it’s continuing to “closely monitor” the COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

In total, there have been eight patients and three staff cases linked to the outbreak, according to the health authority.

The outbreak was declared on Nov. 18.

READ ALSO: Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital, Nov. 18, 2020

Fraser Health says the outbreak is still contained to one unit.

The emergency department has also remained “fully operational” throughout the outbreak.

At the time, Fraser Health said “evidence of transmission” was found in a medicine unit. One patient had tested positive for the virus.

Fraser Health said that it “immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning, as well as contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff, and patients.”

The bulletin adds that Fraser Health has notified “all patients of the affected unit” about the outbreak, as well as families of patients “who are unable to share this information.”

This is the third reported outbreak at the hospital since September.

A “COVID-19 Outbreak Alert” was sent in a memo to staff on Sept. 1. That outbreak was in the hospital’s kidney unit.

The second outbreak notice was issued Oct. 2, and was also in a medicine unit.

READ ALSO: COVID-19 ‘outbreak’ at Surrey Memorial Hospital’s kidney unit, Sept. 2, 2020

READ ALSO: COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital, Oct. 2, 2020

More to come.



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