NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — “Patients” in one unit at Lions Gate Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 and an outbreak has been declared, according to Vancouver Coastal Health.
In a statement Friday, the health authority does not indicate which unit is affected or the number of people who have contracted the coronavirus. In the context of a healthcare facility, an outbreak can be declared after one confirmed positive case among staff or patients. Vancouver Coastal does say the emergency room is unaffected.
Patients in one unit at Lions Gate Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 and an outbreak has been declared, according to Vancouver Coastal Health. https://t.co/GoE6dCGOPP pic.twitter.com/0dV7pELb45
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Patients in the unit where the outbreak has been declared, as well as their families, are being contacted.
Additional “prevention and control protocols” have been introduced in the unit as well as one “adjacent” one. These include visitor restrictions, self-isolatoin for some staff, and “enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces.”
It is possible some people with scheduled surgeries will also be affected.
“Lions Gate Hospital is temporarily moving to Phase 2 of the Surgical Surge Plan which means it will be prioritizing urgent and emergent surgeries and continuing with daycare cases. Patients who may be impacted will be contacted directly,” reads a release.
A spring outbreak at the hospital spread to 16 patients, nine of whom died. Twelve staff also became infected with COVID-19.