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Coquitlam care home worker tests positive for coronavirus

Last Updated Mar 20, 2020 at 12:32 pm PDT

A staff member at the Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Fraser Health Authority. (Courtesy google maps)
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A staff member at a Coquitlam care home has tested positive for coronavirus

This is the third long-term care home affected by the pandemic in B.C.

Seven out of the eight deaths from the virus are linked to a care home in North Vancouver

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — A staff member at the Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Fraser Health Authority, making it the third long-term care home in B.C. affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The facility says it is working to identify anyone else who may have been exposed and preventing employees from working at other facilities.


“During this time, Fraser Health will have a presence on site to take any further actions required and support the facility. This includes dedicated people to address quality, communications on site to answer staff, residents and family questions, active checks of symptoms in staff and residents,” reads a release from Fraser Health.

The staff member is now in isolation at home.


In response, the care home is implementing extra protocols. Now only essential visitors will be able to visit residents in the care home. Screenings will also be done twice a day and cleaning measures have been stepped up.

Seven of eight deaths in B.C. from COVID-19 are linked to a care home in North Vancouver.