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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Richmond Hospital, 7 patients infected

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Visitors, admissions, transfers have been suspended on one unit at Richmond Hospital

Vancouver Coastal Health says the COVID-19 outbreak has been contained to one unit

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) — Seven patients have tested positive for COVID-19 at Richmond Hospital, and an outbreak has been declared on a unit that provides acute care for the elderly.

Vancouver Coastal Health announced the outbreak Friday in a statement, adding the outbreak has been contained to one unit.

“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,” the statement says.

“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.”

Contact tracing among staff is underway, as well as “enhanced cleaning and disinfection.”