Officials declare COVID-19 outbreak at Richmond, B.C. hospital

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VANCOUVER — A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on an acute care unit at Richmond Hospital.

The Vancouver Coastal Health authority says seven patients on the acute care for the elderly unit tested positive for the virus.

The unit has been closed to new admissions, transfers and non-essential visits.

It does remain open for essential care as well as compassionate visits at the end of life.

The health authority says the unit will be subject to enhanced cleaning, and both staff and patients will be closely monitored.

B.C. recorded 420 new COVID-19 cases and six virus-related deaths on Friday, bringing the provincial case count to 141,373 since the onset of the pandemic. .

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2021.

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