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Worker at Delta care home tests positive for COVID-19 prompting Public Heath Order for region

Last Updated Mar 21, 2020 at 7:22 pm PDT

(Courtesy gss.org)

Fraser Health says this is the second facility in the region to record a positive case among staff

The health authority is now prohibiting workers from taking shifts at multiple sites and suspending transfers

A Public Health Order has been issued restricting visitors, ramping up screening, and suspending group activities

SURREY (NEWS 1130) —  A worker at the Delta View Care Centre has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a Public Health Order that will impose strict guidelines on all care homes in the region.

Fraser Health says this is the second facility in the region to record a positive case among staff, after a worker at the Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam  tested positive Friday.

“Both long term care facilities have teams in place that include an infection control practitioner, public health, clinical support and patient care quality officer to rapidly address quality and communication issues and actively check symptoms in staff and residents,” reads a statement.

“Fraser Health has directed long term care staff currently working at Delta View Care Centre not to work at any other facility.”

The health authority is suspending the transfer of residents between homes “except in circumstances of intolerable risk.”

In addition to halting the movement of residents between facilities, Fraser Health is suspending day programs and short-term respite care.

A Public Health Order has been issued to drastically ramp up efforts at all care homes “to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in long-term care homes and protect the health of vulnerable seniors.”

Among other things, the order will restrict visitors, mandate twice-a-day screening for staff and residents, increase space between residents in dining rooms, and eliminate group activities.

The authority will be deploying staff to enforce the order.

“Fraser Health will be actively monitoring compliance of this Public Health Order by having on site presence across all of our long term care facilities.”