Coronavirus exposure confirmed at St. Paul's Hospital NICU

Jul 16 2020, 9:45 pm

A COVID-19 exposure has been confirmed at St. Paul’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) updated its facility outbreak bulletin Thursday afternoon. The bulletin states restrictions have been imposed at St. Pauls NICU since July 16.

St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver Coastal Health

The hospital’s NICU provides care for “for babies who require intensive nursing observation and care and have in-house obstetric and anaesthesia coverage, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Shaf Hussain spokesperson for Providence Healthcare — the hospital’s operator– told Daily Hive that a medical health officer is leading the response to ensure the appropriate health and safety protocols are being followed.

The NICU is currently undergoing a deep cleaning and will reopen when public health declares it to be safe.

Hussain added a satellite NICU unit has been set up in a separate area of St. Paul’s to attend to newborns in need of specialized care.

He said the hospital’s maternity unit has not been impacted.

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