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COVID-19 outbreak at Richmond long-term care home expands to entire facility

More COVID-19 cases have been identified at Minoru Residence, VCH said
Minoru Residence in Richmond
Minoru Residence, a Richmond long-term care home.

A COVID-19 outbreak at a Richmond long-term care home has expanded to the entire facility.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) confirmed to the Richmond News that the outbreak at Minoru Residence – near Minoru Boulevard and Westminster Highway – was expanded to include the entire facility on Dec. 31, after “additional cases were identified.”

The News has asked VCH for more information about the cases. 

An outbreak was first declared at Minoru in the 1 East unit, where restrictions to contain the spread of the virus were put in place on Dec. 21.

Then, on Dec. 27, a second outbreak was declared at the facility in the 3 West unit. 

All visitation – except compassionate visits at the end-of-life – to the facility has been suspended until outbreak restrictions are lifted, VCH said. The facility is also currently closed to new admissions and transfers.

The health authority said that when an outbreak is declared, positive cases are isolated and all staff and residents tested and monitored. Infection, prevention and control practices are carried out and the health authority directly communicates with the families of those affected.