British Columbia

2nd COVID-19 outbreak declared at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver

The lives of 21 residents were lost to the coronavirus during the first outbreak in June.

1st outbreak in June claimed the lives of 21 residents

A woman in a mask outside the front entrance of the Holy Family Hospital residence in June, during the facility's first outbreak. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

A second COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver after a staff member tested positive for the virus.

In a statement, Vancouver Coastal Health said a medical health officer is leading the outbreak response along with staff to ensure appropriate infection control precautions are in place. 

The earlier outbreak at the hospital was declared on June 9.

It claimed the lives of 21 residents, with a total of 53 residents and 35 staff testing positives for the coronavirus.

The first outbreak was declared over at the Holy Family rehabilitation centre on June 29, and at the hospital's long-term care home on Aug. 30.

Coastal Health's outbreak alert page lists Holy Family as one of two active long-term care facility outbreaks in the region.

On Sept. 2, an outbreak was declared at Point Grey Private Hospital in Kitsilano.

B.C. has seen 211 people die from COVID-19 as of Sept. 4, and a total of 6,162 confirmed cases of the virus.

Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story stated the first Holy Family Hospital outbreak was declared over on June 29. In fact, that was the date the first outbreak was declared over at the hospital's rehabilitation centre. The first outbreak at the hospital's long-term care home was declared over in August.
    Sep 09, 2020 7:46 AM PT

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