Vancouver Coastal Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Richmond Hospital
Vancouver, B.C. – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Richmond Hospital on unit 4 North (acute care for the elderly unit) after seven patients tested positive for COVID-19.
The unit is closed to new admissions and transfers at this time. All non-essential visits to unit 4 North at Richmond Hospital have been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted; the exception being for essential care or 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 unit to patient admissions and transfers
Cohorting of staff to the affected areas
Self-monitoring or self-isolation of staff/physicians as part of Public Health contact tracing
Richmond 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 worsen your condition.
Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of $4.1 billion in community, hospital and long-term care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola. VCH also provides specialized care and services for people throughout B.C., and is the province's hub of health-care education and research.