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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Ridge Meadows Hospital

Hospital remains fully operational, two patients have tested positive

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Ridge Meadows Hospital, after evidence of transmission in an inpatient rehab unit.

Two patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak is limited to the hospital’s general rehab unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions, according to Fraser Health.

The hospital, including the Emergency Department, remains fully operational.

Fraser Health continues to implement precautions, including enhanced cleaning, as well as contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff, and patients, said the health authority.

Fraser Health has notified all patients on the affected unit about the outbreak, and in addition, have informed the families of patients who are unable to share this information. Ridge Meadows Hospital is working with essential visitors to the affected unit on a case-by-case basis.

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At this time, it is critically important for people living in the Fraser Health region to use the COVID-19 assessment tool and get tested as soon as you have COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones, said a Fraser Health spokesperson in a press release.

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