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Richmond Hospital has another COVID-19 outbreak

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:12 PST, Fri December 4, 2020

Last Updated: 4:14 PST, Fri December 4, 2020

A unit in the north tower at Richmond Hospital has been closed following a confirmed outbreak of COVID-19.

The 4 North Acute Care for the Elderly unit, which has been closed to new admissions and transfers and had its visitation suspended.

In addition to the local outbreak, there was one more reported by provincial health officials, and one that was declared over. There are now 65 active outbreaks in the healthcare sector, 56 at longterm care or assisted living facilities and nine at acute care facilities.

Provincial health authorities also reported 711 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, including seven that are epidemiologically linked, for a total of 36,132 since the pandemic began. There are 9,050 active cases and 10,957 people under active public health monitoring.

Of the new cases, 143 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 427 in the Fraser Health region, 10 in the Island Health region, 81 in the Interior Health region and 50 in the Northern Health region.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus has again increased to a record high, with 338 people in hospital and 76 of those people in intensive care. There were 11 new virus-related deaths for a total of 492 in BC.

"We continue to face a significant surge in community transmission and new cases of COVID-19, which means following the provincial health officer's orders and using all our layers of protection is necessary for every person in our province right now,” said provincial health authorities in a statement.

"The virus is not letting up and neither can we. This weekend, let's stay small and stay local, so we can slow the spread of the virus in our province. We can still be festive, we can still have fun, but let's ensure it is only with our immediate household.

For COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority, click here.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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