Fraser Health confirms coronavirus case Dania Home in Burnaby

Henrietta Strickland
August 1, 2020

Of 278 active cases in B.C., five people are in hospital, including two in intensive care.

Health officials say while person-to-person transmission is believed to be the primary driver of outbreaks in long-term care facilities, the findings, published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control, suggest medical equipment is a potential route for transmission of the virus. This new outbreak brings the total of health-care outbreaks to three, with two in long-term care facilities and one in acute care.

The Fraser Health Authority confirmed the COVID-19 case is a staff member at Dania Home.

Six of the 89 samples tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19, VCH said in a news release Friday.

The worker from Dania Home is now self-isolating at home.

There are no new community outbreaks.

Much of the growth in new cases in recent weeks has been tied to an ongoing outbreak in Kelowna - linked to private parties over the Canada Day long weekend - and an outbreak at a Fraser Valley fruit packing plant.

Haida Gwaii, meanwhile, remains closed to non-residents as locals continue to deal with the community outbreak affecting the northern island archipelago.

Residents, families and staff are being notified, and staff and residents will be screened twice a day.

"Let's socialize safely by keeping our groups small, using the layers of protection and giving everyone enough space to stay safe, whether at a backyard barbecue, on a friend's boat or enjoying a nearby park".

Numerous new cases have also involved younger people, in their 20s to 40s.

"Don't get stuck in self-isolation for 14 days, or worse - get sick, because you shared beers at a party or made out with someone with COVID-19", reads the guide.

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