COVID-19 case at long-term-care home in Langley

Henrietta Strickland
June 17, 2020

A COVID-19 outbreak in China traced to a chopping block in a Beijing fresh-food market and a surge in hospitalizations in some USA states have B.C.'s provincial health officer anxious.

The Ministry of Health said there are now five long-term care or assisted-living facilities that continue to have active outbreaks.

Also today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended the ban on non-essential visits coming from the United States until July 21.

"If we catch it early, we can contain it very quickly", Henry said.

Henry said the B.C. Centre for Disease Control was researching a number of worldwide cases where people singing together had led to deadly outbreaks.

Those numbers continue to fall and there have been no deaths for four days.

Henry said she would soon issue advice on singing in groups.

So far in B.C. there have been 2,756 cases of COVID-19 reported, and 168 deaths.

Fraser Health has confirmed a resident at Maple Hill long-term care facility adjacent to Langley Memorial Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 and the person is in self-isolation.

Contact tracing is now underway.

Henry says the outbreak at the fast-food restaurant is an example of how reopening the economy comes with risks, and a rapid response is needed to mitigate those risks. She said it involved up to five staff members. There remain 182 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, none of which are located in the Island Health region.

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