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One dead, six infected at COVID-19 outbreak in Downtown Eastside assisted living facility

Vancouver Coastal Health declared the outbreak after six residents and one staff tested positive
Cooper Place
Vancouver Coastal Health declared the coronavirus outbreak at Cooper Place after six residents and one staff tested positive. One resident has since passed away.

One resident has died of the coronavirus (COVID-19) while six others and one staff have been infected in an outbreak at a Vancouver assisted living facility.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) declared the outbreak Friday, (Sept. 24) at Cooper Place, a non-profit assisted living facility, operated by City Centre Care Society, with 69 beds funded by VCH. 

“Outbreak precautions have been implemented at Cooper Place. The facility is closed to new admissions and transfers at this time and all group activities have been suspended,” a VCH release states. “Visits to the facility have been suspended until outbreak measures are lifted; with an exception for essential care or compassionate visits at the end of life.”

VCH has implemented strict infection prevention and control protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 including:

  • Careful monitoring of residents, staff and physicians
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces
  • Closing the affected unit to resident admissions and transfers
  • Cohorting of staff to the affected areas
  • Self-monitoring or self-isolation of staff and physicians as part of Public Health contact tracing
  • COVID-19 testing for all symptomatic or potentially exposed residents