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Second COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul's Hospital declared over, 158 more cases

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Oct 14, 2020 at 3:45 pm PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy Government of B.C., Flickr)
Summary

Outbreaks still remain active at 17 long-term care or assisted-living facilities, as well as two acute-care facilities

The province also announces 158 new COVID-19 cases

No new deaths in the province, nor health-care facility outbreaks were reported Wednesday

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The second COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver has been declared over, while the province announced 158 new cases on Wednesday.

The second outbreak at St. Paul’s was declared last month. It forced the closure of one unit, 8A, but the emergency room and other parts of the hospital were not affected.

Outbreaks still remain active at 17 long-term care or assisted-living facilities, as well as two acute-care facilities. The latter includes Delta Hospital, which was forced to partially close earlier this month after as many as 35 patients and staff became infected.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry previously confirmed seven people have died from COVID-19 at Delta Hospital since Sept. 16.

No new deaths in the province, nor health-care facility outbreaks were reported Wednesday.

Deaths from COVID-19 in B.C. remain at 250, while cases climbed to 10,892 a day after more than 500 were reported for the four-day period including the Thanksgiving long weekend.

“One of the best things that we can do to protect ourselves and those around us is to pay close attention to how we are feeling, by doing our own personal health check each day. This is particularly important if we have recently spent time with people outside of our household bubble or ‘safe six’,” Henry says in a statement with Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown.

Anyone not feeling well should stay home and away from others, she added.

“Choosing to do the right thing helps to protect all of us and keep our loved ones, our elders, and our communities safe.”

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Of 1,496 active cases, 84 people are in hospital, an increase of 16 since Friday.

Another 24 people are in critical care with COVID-19.

A further 3,608 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

The recovery rate in the province is 84 per cent.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is advised to contact 811 or a health-care provider to arrange for testing.

Cases by health region since the start of the pandemic: 3,941 in Vancouver Coastal; 5,697 in Fraser; 237 in Island; 585 in Interior; 343 in Northern; and 89 people who reside outside of Canada.