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COVID-19 outbreaks declared at senior care homes in 3 B.C. health regions

COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at facilities in Burnaby, Surrey, Vernon and Nanaimo.

Outbreaks declared at facilities in Surrey, Burnaby, Vernon and Nanaimo

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Brookside Lodge long-term care facility in Surrey. (Jim Mulleder/CBC)

Three regional health authorities in British Columbia are reporting new COVID-19 outbreaks in assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes.

According to Fraser Health, five residents and two staff members have tested positive for the virus at Rideau Retirement Residence in Burnaby, while two staff members have tested positive at Surrey's Brookside Lodge.

Both locations are owned and operated by Sienna Senior Living.

In Vernon, one staff member and five residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at Noric House, according to a news release from Interior Health.

The announcement comes one day after an outbreak was declared at Heritage Square in Vernon, where four staff and six residents of the long term care wing tested positive.

And Island Health says one resident has tested positive at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo, where the outbreak is limited to one unit on a floor that's been isolated from the rest of the facility.

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