Vancouver Coastal Health declares COVID-19 outbreak on one additional unit at Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, BC- A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on T8B a surgical inpatient unit in the Jim Pattison Pavilion at Vancouver General Hospital as three patients have tested positive for COVID-19. This is in addition to T10C, which was placed on outbreak on Feb. 21 as well as T14G and T11D which were placed on outbreak on Feb. 23. A total of 23 patients and 19 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
These units are closed to new admissions and transfers at this time. All visitation to these units has been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted; the exception being for compassionate visits at the end of life.
Vancouver Coastal Health has immediately implemented strict Infection Prevention and Control protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. These include:
Careful monitoring of patients, staff and physicians
Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces
Closing the units to patient admissions and transfers
Cohorting of staff to the affected area
Self-monitoring or self-isolation of staff/medical staff as part of Public Health contact tracing
Suspension of visitors to the units (with exemptions for end-of-life situations)
Vancouver General Hospital remains open and is prepared to safely receive and care for all individuals who require urgent and emergent care. Please do not delay in seeking care as this could exacerbate your condition.
Vancouver Coastal Health Media Line