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UPDATED: COVID-19 outbreak declared at Peace Arch Hospital

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in Peace Arch Hospital’s rehab unit.

The news was shared Thursday (Sept. 17) afternoon by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, during a media briefing on B.C.’s novel coronavirus situation.

READ MORE: Record-breaking 165 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in B.C. in 24-hour period

The PAH outbreak was one of two new health-facility outbreaks announced – the second is at Delta Hospital –bringing the total number of active outbreaks in the health-care sector to 15, affecting 478 residents and 324 staff.

Henry did not specify the number of positive cases at PAH.

A subsequent media release from Fraser Health said one patient in the unit had tested positive for COVID-19, adding the hospital’s emergency department remains open and there has been no impact to any other areas of the hospital.

The hospital’s rehab unit is located on the facility’s fifth floor and provides “subacute care services focusing on rehabilitation and recovery to inpatients in acute care or residential settings who do not require specialized, intensive monitored care,” according to a description on Fraser Health’s website.

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