Lions Gate Hospital Epidemic Highlights Challenges of COVID-19

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An epidemic of COVID-19 that started at Lions Gate Hospital a month ago spread among patients and staff before anyone knew it, said the province’s medical officer of health.

“By the time the case was recognized, a number of other people had already been discovered,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday, answering questions about the hospital outbreak.

Some patients even went home.

“It shows how difficult it is with this virus,” said Henry. “People can get sick of it without recognizing it, especially at first.”

In an acute care setting, where people usually have another illness that takes them to the hospital, it can be easy to ignore if a patient also has COVID-19, said Henry.

The number of patients and staff who tested positive for the virus in hospital has not changed since last week.

A total of 26 people, including 13 patients and 13 staff, tested positive during the hospital outbreak.

The epidemic began on April 22 in a room on the sixth floor, but this initial epidemic has since been declared over. A small number of people have also tested positive for the virus on the seventh floor of the hospital.

Patients who test positive in the hospital are transferred to the special department COVID-19 on the second floor of the hospital.

According to Vancouver Coastal Health, the strengthened infection control measures in the affected departments have inter alia prevented staff from working in other hospital departments or other health facilities and forced staff to wear personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, for all patients. interactions.

Henry said she hopes these measures will bring the epidemic under control.

A staff member who works at Evergreen House – a 284-bed long-term care facility adjacent to Lions Gate – has also tested positive for the virus in the past month. To date, no additional staff and residents of the nursing home have tested positive for the virus.



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