There are no current outbreaks of COVID-19 at health-care properties across the Tri-Cities as of this afternoon (Jan. 18).
Fraser Health declared the latest outbreak over within the elder acute-care unit at Eagle Ridge Hospital.
This was the fourth known outbreak of the virus at the Port Moody regional facility since the pandemic began.
Eight lab-confirmed cases were reported during the 13-day alert, including five patients and three staff members. No deaths were recorded.
"With the implementation of comprehensive strategies, there is no longer an outbreak at this site," a Fraser Health release reads.
Historically, 56 COVID-19 infections have been detected at Eagle Ridge Hospital including the five found between Jan. 5 and today.
During the previous three outbreaks, six people died due to complications with the virus — all during the first declaration in March 2021.
As well, there have been three known COVID-19 outbreaks in Eagle Ridge Manor throughout the course of the pandemic, which is a long-term care facility at the hospital.
Between November 2020 and February 2021, seven total cases of the virus were detected including five staff members; no deaths were recorded.
This comes nearly a week after Fraser Health ended the COVID-19 outbreak at Hawthorne Lodge in Port Coquitlam.
As of this publication, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is reporting a 54 per cent triple-vaccination rate among eligible residents aged 50 years and older — a jump of near 10 per cent in the last week.
Currently, 54 per cent of kids aged five to 11 in the region have received a first dose of vaccine against the virus, which is the fourth highest average in Fraser Health.
The Tri-Cities also has a 91 per cent double-vaccination rate among those aged 12 and up, as well as a 93 per cent single-dose rate.
Across B.C., a record 854 COVID-19 patients are now filling hospital beds as of today, with 112 of those in intensive care units (ICUs).
The total number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in B.C. is 35 more than yesterday (Jan. 17), and it follows the government's decision last week to broaden the categories of COVID-19 patients that are counted.
Newly counted are those who catch COVID-19 while already in hospital, people who entered COVID-19 for COVID-19 illness and are no longer deemed infectious, and COVID-19 patients in B.C. hospitals who normally reside outside the province.
- with a file from Glen Korstrom, Business In Vancouver