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2 COVID-19 outbreaks in Richmond grow, infecting 18

The outbreaks are at Richmond Hospital and Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport
There is a COVID-19 outbreak at Richmond Hospital and at Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport, a long-term care home.

Eighteen cases are linked to Richmond's two ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, at Richmond Hospital and a long-term care home, as of this week.

The outbreaks were declared last month in an elderly care unit at the hospital, and at Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport, a long-term care home.

As of June 8, five people have tested positive at the care home, including two staff, Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed to the Richmond News. One resident has died.

Meanwhile, 13 people, including two staff, have tested positive during the outbreak at the 4 North Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Richmond Hospital. Two patients have died.

The outbreak at Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport was first declared on the facility’s third floor on May 29, after two patients and two staff tested positive. However, the outbreak now affects both the second and third floors, according to VCH.

The care home remains closed to new admissions and transfers, while all group activities, as well as visits to the affected floors, have been suspended.

The Richmond Hospital outbreak, meanwhile, was first declared on May 21 after seven patients tested positive.

Like the care home, the 4 North unit remains closed to new admissions and transfers, and visits – except for essential care or compassionate visits at the end of life – have been suspended until outbreak measures are lifted.

Richmond Hospital remains open and is “prepared to safely receive individuals who require urgent and emergent care,” VCH said.

An outbreak was previously declared at Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport in August 2020, affecting a single staff member. 

Outbreaks were also previously declared at Richmond Hospital in May 2020 and in December 2020, including in the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit.