Today, Fraser Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at Maple Hill in Langley, a long term care facility owned and operated by Fraser Health. At this time, there are no further outbreaks in long term care or assisted living facilities in our region.
However, all facilities will continue to follow standard infection prevention measures to prevent the reintroduction of COVID-19 into these environments, including an emphasis on enhanced cleaning and monitoring staff and residents for symptoms.
Responding to these outbreaks required extraordinary efforts on the part of Fraser Health staff, medical staff, contracted partners, residents, and their families to implement enhanced control measures, and ultimately curb the spread of COVID-19 in these facilities.
Fraser Health took a number of actions during the outbreak at Maple Hill. With the support of a rapid response team at the site, Fraser Health implemented enhanced control measures, such as:
- Allowing only essential visitors
- Restricting staff and resident movement in the facility
- Enhancing cleaning and infection control measures
- Communicating with patients, residents, staff and families to address questions and advise on next steps
- Providing twice a day screening of all staff and residents for COVID-19 symptoms.
Fraser Health has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in long term care, assisted living and independent living facilities. Fraser Health has also deployed more than 480 people including care staff and our rapid response teams which include clinical nurse educators, infection prevention and control experts, screeners, and patient care quality officers supporting with communication to families and assessing symptoms at each site. Through these teams, sites are also connected with emergency supplies and additional personnel if needed.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit fraserhealth.ca/covid19.
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