Vancouver Coastal Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Lions Gate Hospital after several patients tested positive for the virus.
The outbreak is currently contained to one unit within the North Vancouver hospital, but enhanced surveillance has been placed on the adjacent unit out of an abundance of caution VCH said.
At this time, there has been no impact to other areas of Lions Gate Hospital.
Upon declaring the outbreak, the health authority said they immediately implemented a number of strict health and safety measures to stop the virus from further spreading in the hospital.
They include enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces, careful monitoring of patients, staff, and physicians, and restricting visitors to the affected unit, with exemptions for end-of-life situations.
Admission and transfers of patients from the outbreak unit is also restricted.
Vancouver Coastal Health says they are currently in the process of notifying patients in the affected units about the outbreak, as well as their families.
Lions Gate Hospital will be temporarily moving to Phase 2 of the Surgical Surge Plan, which means it will be prioritizing urgent and emergent surgeries and continuing with daycare cases.
The hospital’s emergency department remains open.