The emergency entrance at Surrey Memorial Hospital is seen in this undated file image.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in the nephrology unit at a hospital in Surrey, B.C.

 Fraser Health's interim chief medical health officer says a patient tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.

 Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin says the unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital has fewer than a dozen patients, and staff are being monitored and screened.

 She says the unit is closed to new patients and it is not expecting visitors.

 Brodkin says an outbreak is defined as a transmission at a hospital site.

 She says authorities believe the patient was infected at the nephrology unit.

The latest outbreak wasn't included in Tuesday's written COVID-19 update from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. 

In that update, the pair said there was a total of eight outbreaks in long-term care or assisted living facilities. 

Those outbreaks – which are all in the Fraser Health region – include:

  • Bear Creek Villa independent living facility
  • Czorny Alzheimer Centre long-term care facility
  • Derby Manor independent living facility
  • George Derby Centre long-term care facility
  • Maple Ridge Seniors Village assisted living facility
  • MSA Manor long-term care facility (second outbreak)
  • New Vista Care Home long-term care facility
  • Normanna Living long-term care facility