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COVID-19 outbreaks declared at two more Burnaby care homes

Outbreak was also declared at AgeCare Harmony Court on Dec. 29
COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at New Vista Care Centre and Chartwell Carlton Gardens.

Two more Burnaby long-term care facilities are now under COVID-19 declarations as Omicron continues to grip B.C. 

In an information bulletin released by Fraser Health, outbreaks have been declared at New Vista Care Centre and Chartwell Carlton Gardens. 

New Vista Care Centre's outbreak involves three staff members and one resident while Chartwell Carlton Gardens involves three staff members. 

"Fraser Health has worked with each site to support the implementation of enhanced control measures," the bulletin said. 

"Fraser Health is also working with each site to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families." 

The health authority said they proactively implemented the following measures at each site: 

  • 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 each site to take any further actions required and support the facility. 

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

On Wednesday, an outbreak was declared at Burnaby's AgeCare Harmony Court, after two confirmed cases were discovered involving one resident and one staff member. 

The facility also went through a fatal outbreak that began on Nov. 19, 2020, and saw 116 cases involving 73 residents and 43 staff members. 

Of the 73 residents that were infected, 30 passed away. 

- with files from Chris Campbell, Burnaby NOW