COVID-19 healthcare outbreaks declared at Vancouver and Kelowna hospitals

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      Regional health authorities have declared healthcare outbreaks at two hospitals in B.C., while an outbreak has been declared over at a third.

      Vancouver Coastal Health announced on February 21 that it declared an outbreak at T10C, an inpatient unit in the Jim Pattison Pavilion, at Vancouver General Hospital after five patients and two staff members tested positive.

      The unit has been closed to all admissions and transfers to the unit and all visitations have been suspended, with the exception for compassionate visits at the end of life.

      Meanwhile, the hospital remains open and operational.

      Today (February 22), Interior Health announced that it declared an outbreak in unit 4B at Kelowna General Hospital, where four patients and one staff member tested positive.

      All patients from the unit are being relocated to the COVID-19 unit.

      Interior Health said there is no evidence of transmission to other parts of the hospital, and it remains open and operational. 

      Meanwhile, Interior Health also announced today that outbreaks at two units at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops—unit 6 South and unit 6 North—have been declared over.

      In this outbreak, 69 staff and 36 patients tested positive, and four individuals died.

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