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Case count increases amid COVID-19 outbreak at Burnaby's George Derby Centre

Outbreak was declared on Nov. 10
The George Derby Centre in Burnaby.

More COVID-19 infections have been discovered at a Burnaby long-term care facility. 

There are now 20 lab-confirmed cases detected at the George Derby Centre involving 14 residents and six staff members, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

The data was released in its latest Weekly COVID-19 Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Independent Living Outbreak report, which is now double the number of cases found (10) when an outbreak was formally declared on Nov. 10.

To date, there have been no reported deaths from the virus at the facility owned and operated by George Derby Care Society. 

Last November, the George Derby Centre endured a tragic outbreak with 36 lives lost among 109 COVID-19 cases. 

Fraser Health says they proactively implemented the following measures at the facility:

  • Staffing levels are being supported to maintain resident care
  • Social visits are restricted in the affected areas of the facility. Essential visits can continue
  • Staff and residents movement in the affected areas of the facility has been modified to minimize exposure to others
  • Cleaning and infection control measures have been further enhanced
  • Residents, families and staff are being notified
  • Twice a day screening of all staff and residents is taking place
  • Additional testing and screening is in place to support monitoring of disease control

"During this time, Fraser Health has additional presence at the sites to take any further actions required and support the facility," a statement from the authority on Nov. 10. 

"This includes dedicated people to address quality, answer questions from staff, residents and family, and provide active checks of symptoms with staff and residents."