COVID-19 outbreak declared at Metro Vancouver hospital
The entrance to the emergency department of Vancouver General Hospital is seen in this undated Google Maps image.
VANCOUVER -- A Metro Vancouver hospital is facing another COVID-19 outbreak, its local health authority announced Sunday.
Vancouver Coastal Health said a unit at Vancouver General Hospital is managing an outbreak at the disease. As of Sunday, five patients and two staff members had tested positive in an inpatient unit in the Jim Pattison Pavilion.
"The unit is closed to new admissions and transfers at this time," a notice from VCH says.
"All visitation has been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted; the exception being for compassionate visits at the end of life."
VCH says the rest of the hospital remains open and is prepared to receive patients requiring urgent and emergent care.
"Please do not delay in seeking care as this could exacerbate your condition," the health authority's notice says.
Strict protocols have been implemented including monitoring of patients and staff, enhanced cleaning, closing the unit to admissions and transfers and cohorting staff.