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One COVID-19 outbreak in Burnaby declared over, another is growing

Burnaby Hospital outbreak is now over
COVID-19 swab in lab Photo: Getty Images

Fraser Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at Burnaby Hospital.

The hospital has struggled with three outbreaks stretching back to fall 2020, with more than 100 cases in all during that time.

“With the implementation of comprehensive strategies, there is no longer an outbreak at this site,” said Fraser Health, in a news release. “It is critically important for people living in the Fraser Health region to get tested as soon as you have COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Please don’t wait, and book or drop by one of our collection centres which are operated in partnership with local Divisions of Family Practice. People living in the Fraser Health region can find information about test collection centres by visiting Fraser Health’s website.”

Meanwhile, a COVID-19 outbreak at Burnaby’s biggest daycare facility continues to grow.

Fraser Health chief medical officer Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin said Monday that the outbreak at the SFU Childcare Society on Burnaby Mountain has now reached 28 cases – 15 staff and 13 children. The original number announced last week was 24 cases.

The outbreak, however, does not include any link to the type of variant strains that have been discovered at schools in Surrey and Delta, Brodkin said.

The Burnaby outbreak is believed to be linked to a trivia night at the St. James’s Well pub in Port Moody.