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COVID-19 outbreak at Ridge Meadows Hospital

Last Updated Dec 31, 2020 at 12:39 pm PST

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Summary

The third hospital in the past two days is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak

Ridge Meadows Hospital has closed an inpatient rehab unit after two patients tested positive

The rest of the hospital is still open

MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) — A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a Maple Ridge hospital after the Fraser Health Authority found evidence of transmission in an inpatient rehab unit.

Two patients tested positive for the virus and the outbreak is limited to the general rehab unit, according to the health authority.

The unit is temporarily closed, but the rest of the hospital is open and fully operational.

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This comes a day after outbreaks were confirmed at two other Lower Mainland hospitals, Abbotsford Regional and Langley Memorial.

All patients and their families have been told about the outbreak and contact tracing, as well as enhanced cleaning, has already started.