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9 dead, 70 infected at active COVID-19 outbreaks in the Tri-Cities

Despite widespread vaccinations, 9 deaths and 70 infections reported at active long-term care outbreaks in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody
Nicola Lodge in Port Coquitlam is site to five deaths and 51 coronavirus cases of as of Jan. 20. - STEFAN LABBÉ/TRI-CITY NEWS

Active COVID-19 long-term care outbreaks across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody have led to the deaths of nine residents, according to new data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Nicola Lodge in Port Coquitlam, which has been struggling with its second outbreak, has registered five deaths and 51 cases of COVID-19, including 32 among residents. 

At the Madison Care Centre in Coquitlam, four deaths have been reported among 17 cases. 

And in the latest outbreak to be declared in the Tri-Cities, Eagle Ridge Manor, which sits adjacent to Eagle Ridge Hospital, has isolated the coronavirus in two residents. 

All the data is current as of 10 a.m., Jan. 20, according to the BCCDC.

The updated numbers come as the province unveiled its plan to roll out the biggest mass vaccination campaign in its history.

With seniors in long-term care near the top of the list, Fraser Health has vaccinated residents in at least 151 care homes across the health region, which extends from Hope to Burnaby and includes the Tri-Cities. 

Health workers are waiting for those with active infections to recover before providing them with their first dose. Others who have been potentially exposed, however, are being actively vaccinated in the case they don’t become infected or to protect them from a second infection.