Vancouver, B.C. – A COVID-19 outbreak on the 4 North Acute Care for the Elderly unit at Richmond Hospital has been declared after staff tested positive for COVID-19.
While the outbreak is contained to the 4 North unit, the unit will remain closed to new admissions and transfers at this time. All visitation has been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted; the exception being for compassionate visits at the end of life.
At this time, there is no impact to other areas of Richmond Hospital. There is no evidence of risk to patients or staff elsewhere in the hospital, and no risk to patients or staff visiting Richmond Hospital, which remains open and safe for everyone.
The emergency department at Richmond Hospital also remains open and the hospital is prepared to safely receive and care for all individuals who experience health conditions that require care.
Upon declaring the outbreak, Vancouver Coastal Health immediately implemented strict infection prevention and control protocols to prevent further transmission of the virus. These include:
Careful monitoring of patients, staff and physicians
Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces
Closing unit to patient admissions and transfers
Cohorting of staff to the affected area
Self-monitoring or self-isolation of staff/physicians as part of Public Health contact tracing
Suspension of visitors to the unit (with exemptions for end-of-life situations)
Vancouver Coastal Health is in the process of notifying patients on the affected units about the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as their families.