Vancouver, B.C. – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on LB8A, the hospitalist unit, at Vancouver General Hospital after two patients tested positive for COVID-19.
Additionally, the outbreak on T12A, the respiratory unit, which was declared on December 24, has been declared officially over.
The unit is 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.
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 Vancouer General Hospital. Please do not delay in seeking care as this could exacerbate your condition.
Vancouver Coastal Health has immediately implemented strict infection prevention and control protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. These 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
Suspension of visitors to the unit (with exemptions for end-of-life situations)
Vancouver Coastal Health has notified patients on the affected units, as well as their families.
Media Line: 604-202-2012