An outbreak of COVID-19 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver was officially been declared over on Thursday.
According to Providence Health Care, the outbreak, which began on July 16 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), had ended, and the NICU is fully open again.
The maternity unit at the hospital was not included in the outbreak, and remained open throughout.
“A number of actions were taken during the outbreak at St. Paul’s NICU, which was declared on July 16, 2020. This included prompt isolation of cases and all potential contacts, stringent disinfecting of the NICU, and monitoring of proper infection, prevention and control practices. At no time was there evidence of risk to patients elsewhere in the hospital,” a statement from Providence Health Care said.
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As a result of the outbreak, new protocols are in place which requires parents visiting their babies in the NICU to wear a mask and sign a visitor log.
“We continue to ask our staff, patients, and families to remain vigilant and immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.”
“We thank our families for their patience and kindness through this time. The health and safety of patients and health care providers remain our utmost priority and we will continue to work every day to ensure patients receive the care they need.”