January 4, 2021
SURREY – Today, Fraser Health is providing the following updates regarding COVID-19 outbreaks in our region:
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak over at the Cove Shelter in Surrey. With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases at this location.
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Portal Shelter, a homeless shelter located at 46293 Yale Road, Chilliwack, after finding evidence of COVID-19 transmission among staff and clients.
To date, 12 staff and 25 clients at the Portal Shelter have tested positive for COVID-19. Fraser Health is screening staff and clients, and case and contact management is ongoing. Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate. Harm reduction and social work support is being offered on-site and to clients isolating off-site.
Long term care and assisted living facilities:
Fraser Health is also declaring COVID-19 outbreaks at The Madison Care Centre in Coquitlam, Royal City Manor in New Westminster, and KinVillage in South Delta.
One resident has tested positive for COVID-19 at The Madison Care Centre, one resident and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Royal City Manor, and two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at KinVillage.
The Madison Care Centre is a long term care facility in Coquitlam that is owned and operated by The Care Group. Royal City Manor is a long term care facility in New Westminster that is owned and operated by Revera. KinVillage is a long term care, assisted living, independent living, and seniors supportive housing campus of care in South Delta that is owned and operated by KinVillage Association. The staff members and residents are currently in self-isolation at their homes.
Fraser Health has worked with the sites to support the implementation of enhanced control measures. Fraser Health is also working with the sites to identify anyone who may have been exposed, and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, clients, residents and families.
Fraser Health has worked with the sites to proactively implement the following measures:
- Staffing levels are being supported to maintain care.
- Visitors are restricted throughout the facilities.
- Staff, clients and residents movement have been restricted.
- Cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced.
- Clients, residents, families and staff are being notified.
- Twice a day screening of all staff, client and residents is taking place.
During this time, Fraser Health has additional presence at the sites to take any further actions required and support the facilities. This includes dedicated people to address quality, answer questions from staff, clients, residents and families, and provide active checks of symptoms with staff, clients and residents.
Fraser Health has, in partnership with long term care and assisted living facilities, implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in these facilities. In addition, Fraser Health has also deployed care staff and our rapid-response teams which include clinical nurse educators, infection prevention and control experts, screeners, and patient care quality officers supporting with communication to families and assessing symptoms at sites with outbreaks. Through these teams, sites are also connected with emergency supplies and support strategies around additional personnel if needed.
At this time, it is critically important for people living in the Fraser Health region to use theCOVID-19 assessment tool and 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’swebsite.