COVID-19 outbreak declared on respiratory unit at Vancouver hospital

Dec 26 2020, 11:58 am

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on the respiratory unit at Vancouver General Hospital after patients tested positive for the virus.

According to Vancouver Coastal Health, on Saturday the unit, T12A, was closed to new admissions and transfers.

Currently all visitation has been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted, with the exception of compassionate visits at the end of life.

“Vancouver General Hospital remains open and is prepared to safely receive and care for all individuals who require urgent and emergent care. At this time, there is limited impact to other areas of Vancouver General Hospital,” the release said.

“Please do not delay in seeking care as this could exacerbate your condition. Vancouver General Hospital will continue to admit for all patient populations and this outbreak will not impact the care of patients with respiratory diseases, including transplant patients or others that require specialized care.”

Vancouver Coastal Health said they have “immediately” implemented strict infection prevention and control protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

The measures include careful monitoring and testing of patients, staff and physicians; enhanced cleaning and disinfection; closing the units to patient admissions and transfers; cohorting of staff to the affected areas; contacting tracing to identify potentially exposed patients and staff; implementing isolation precautions to prevent transmission; and suspension of visitors to the unit (with exemptions for end-of-life situations).

Vancouver Coastal Health noted they are currently notifying patients and their families on the affected unit.

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