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COVID-19 case count at Burnaby long-term care facility grows amid outbreak

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

The case count at a Burnaby long-term care centre has grown once again.

In an emailed statement to the NOW, Fraser Health says there have been 24 lab-confirmed cases at the George Derby Centre in Burnaby as of yesterday (Nov. 30) involving 16 residents and eight staff members. 

"The health and safety of our long-term care residents, their families and our staff is our first priority and is a responsibility that we take very seriously," the authority said. 

"Our condolences go out to those who’ve lost loved ones throughout the pandemic."

The outbreak at the facility was formally declared on Nov. 10 when there were 10 cases discovered. 

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 said. 

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