Vancouver Coastal Health ramps up visitor restrictions at all its facilities

Mar 24 2020, 11:09 am

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is ramping up restrictions for visitors at all of its facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, VCH said essential visits will only be allowed at its hospitals, long-term care, assisted living sites, community health centres, and clinics.

Essential visits include compassionate care, visits that are paramount to patient/client/resident care and well-being such as assistance with feeding or mobility, and existing registered volunteers providing feeding and mobility services.

The VCH region covers Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver, the region along the Sea to Sky Highway, the Sunshine Coast, and BC’s Central Coast.

“We understand the importance of visits from family and loved ones to our patients and long-term care residents and we appreciate your support in helping to keep everyone safe during these unprecedented times,” said VCH in a statement. 

According to the last BC health authority update on Monday, 248 of BC’s 472 coronavirus cases are in the VCH region.