Vancouver Coastal Health declares COVID-19 outbreak on one unit at St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, B.C. – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on unit 5A, in the Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital after patients tested positive for COVID-19.
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.
St. Paul’s 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 no impact to other areas of St. Paul’s 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 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 areas
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 unit, as well as their families.
Media Line: 604-202-2012