An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Chilliwack General Hospital. (The Progress file photo)

UPDATE: Fraser Health provides more info on COVID outbreak at Chilliwack General Hospital

BC Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement during a daily COVID briefing

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH).

The news was dropped Mar. 25 during the daily COVID briefing with BC Health Minister Adrian Dix and the next day Fraser Health confirmed four patients tested positive.

“The outbreak is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions,” a news release noted. “Upon declaring the outbreak, Fraser Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning as well as contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff, and patients.

“The emergency department at Chilliwack General Hospital remains open and there has been no impact to any other areas of the hospital.”

This isn’t the first time CGH has dealt with this scenario.

When five patients tested positive in late February, an outbreak was declared and a unit within CGH was closed. It took nearly a month (Feb. 28 to Mar. 22) for Fraser Health to announce that the outbreak had ended.

An outbreak was also declared at CGH in the first week of January, after one person at the hospital was confirmed to have COVID.

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