Another COVID-19 death reported at Delta Hospital

COVID-19 continues to impact Delta Hospital.

An outbreak was first declared Sept. 16 when Fraser Health confirmed two initial cases of the virus.

That number grew the following week to 10 patients and four staff, and included two deaths, although the outbreak was confined to one unit, which comprises the second floor of the hospital.

The health region, on Tuesday afternoon, provided another update to the Optimist, indicating there are now six staff and 12 patients infected with the virus.

Sadly, the number of deaths has reached three.

FHA says the unit is temporarily closed to new admissions and precautions were immediately implemented, including enhanced cleaning, as well as contact tracing to protect the health of staff, medical staff and patients.

The emergency department at Delta Hospital remains open and there has been no impact to any other areas of the facility.

FHA president and CEO Dr. Victoria Lee told the Optimist during a media briefing last week that day surgeries at the facility have not been cancelled.

Fraser Health said it has notified all patients in the affected unit about the outbreak and is also working with essential visitors to the affected unit on a case-by-case basis.

Meanwhile, Metro Vancouver’s COVID-19 Response Task Force last week voted in favour of a motion put forward by Delta Mayor George Harvie for the region to request the provincial government provide more frequent and specific local COVID-19 data.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control released its latest municipal-level data on how many people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in their local communities.

The most recent numbers include August and show 101 cases confirmed in Delta since the start of the pandemic, but the number isn’t broken down to the individual communities of Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta.

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