At least 42 staff and guests at a gym in Surrey have tested positive for COVID-19, after some of the patrons visited the gym while waiting for test results.
On Friday, Fraser Health Public Health declared an outbreak at Platinum Athletic Club, a fitness centre located at 7653 King George Blvd., after finding evidence of COVID-19 transmission among staff and patrons.
The agency said to date, 42 people who worked at or attended the fitness centre have tested positive for COVID-19.
Anyone who has attended the fitness centre from Oct. 21 to Nov. 7 must self-isolate for 14 days from last attendance at the site, according to health officials.
A social media post Friday from the gym indicated that some of the patrons may have had the virus while they worked out at the gym.
“It has come to our attention that some COVID positive patrons had attended the club while awaiting their test results,” Platinum Athletic Club said, in an Instagram post.
The site has been inspected by Fraser Health and officials say they are working with the gym to strengthen their COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
The site voluntarily closed on Nov.7 and remains closed.
The Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions are recording the highest surge in cases in the province. Both regions are under strict new orders prohibiting gatherings outside the immediate household.
Last month, there were more than 3,500 COVID-19 positive tests in Fraser Health, according to information from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control information.
The infections accounted for nearly 70 per cent of the new cases in the province and were nearly twice the level of new cases on a population basis compared to the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
The last month of Fraser Health infections also account for one quarter of tested coronavirus cases in the past eight months in all of B.C.
-with files from Good Hoekstra