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COVID-19 outbreak at Burnaby Hospital declared over

Outbreak was declared on May 2.
Burnaby Hospital.

The most recent COVID-19 outbreak at Burnaby Hospital is now over.

After a recent seven-day outbreak that ended on April 25, Fraser Health said another had been declared on May 2 in the facility's medicine unit. 

In a statement to the NOW, a Fraser Health spokesperson said one staff member and six patients had tested positive for the virus.

"Upon declaring the outbreak, Fraser Health immediately implemented precautions at the site, including enhanced cleaning to protect the health of all staff, medical staff, and patients," the regional authority said.

When is a COVID-19 outbreak declared at a hospital?

Determination and declaration of an outbreak is made by the medical health officer or their official designate, according to the Fraser Health website.

"An outbreak may be declared when at least one staff or patient/resident diagnosed is with COVID-19; AND an investigation indicates transmission most likely occurred in the facility, from another patient/resident, visitor or staff, rather than prior to admission (for patients/residents) or from the community [for staff]," Fraser Health’s site notes.

More information about COVID-19 outbreaks in health-care facilities is available at the Fraser Health outbreaks page.

- with files from Julie MacLellan, New West Record