Staff member at Burnaby long-term care home tests positive for COVID -19

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 1, 2020

Dania Home is a two-storey long-term care home with 102 beds.

Henry and Dix announced one new outbreak at Dania Home in the Fraser Health region.

In a joint statement issued Friday afternoon, health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported a total of 1,088 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region since the beginning of the pandemic, while the Fraser Health region has seen 1,889 cases. The remaining 45 are new positive tests for COVID-19.

The statement says there are now 3,641 COVID-19 cases in B.C. and 3,168 people have recovered. One other such outbreak is ongoing at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver.

The statement from Henry and Dix did not indicate how many cases were associated with the Dania Home outbreak or how the virus was introduced to the facility. "The staff member worked in one contained unit in Dania Home and did not work in other areas".

Much of the growth in new cases in recent weeks has been tied to an ongoing outbreak in Kelowna - linked to private parties over the Canada Day long weekend - and an outbreak at a Fraser Valley fruit packing plant.

The latter outbreak prompted the provincial government to announce Thursday that it would restrict non-resident travel to the archipelago.

"Let's socialize safely by keeping our groups small, using the layers of protection and giving everyone enough space to stay safe, whether at a backyard barbecue, on a friend's boat or enjoying a nearby park".

Twenty-four of the new cases are in the Fraser Health region, 12 of the in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, nine are in the Interior Health region, two are in the Northern Health Region, one is on Vancouver Island and two are people from out of country.

A new, good times guide, can be found on the government's website for anyone looking for tips on how to stay safe while being social amidst a pandemic.

Cases now total 3,641, with a recovery rate of 87 per cent.

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