Fraser Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital on Dec. 30. / File Photo

Fraser Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital on Dec. 30. / File Photo

Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital

Eight patients and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 as part of this outbreak

A new Covid outbreak is active in Mission.

On Thursday (Dec. 30) Fraser Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital after evidence of transmission in a medicine unit.

Eight patients and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 as part of this outbreak. The outbreak is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions.

Upon declaring the outbreak, Fraser Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning as well as contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff, and patients.

The emergency department at Mission Memorial Hospital remains open and there has been no impact to any other areas of the hospital.

Fraser Health has notified all patients on the affected unit about the outbreak, and in addition, families of patients who are unable to share this information have been informed.

On the same day, Fraser Health also announced outbreaks at several long-term care facilities including New Vista Care Centre in Burnaby, Chartwell Langley Gardens in Langley, Chartwell Carlton Gardens in Burnaby, Guildford Seniors Village in Surrey and Chartwell Crescent Gardens in South Surrey.

According to a press 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 an appointment at 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.”

To book a COVID-19 testing appointment, complete a COVID-19 test booking form.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit fraserhealth.ca/COVID19.

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