COVID-19 exposure at Sandman Suites in Vancouver, more Kelowna-related cases

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Coastal Health has issued an alert and investigation into possible community exposure to COVID-19 at the Sandman Suites hotel on Davie Street.This happened between July 7 and July 16, according to Dr.Bonnie Henry, provincial health administrator, who stood alone during a special briefing on Friday.

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Henry also reported 28 new cases – many of which were in people between the ages of 20 and 30 – while those linked to the exposure in Kelowna on Canada Day are up to 35.

She expects more cases related to the latter in the coming days as those exposed begin to develop symptoms and has also confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at Site C labor camp in Fort St. John.

“The worker arrived from Alberta on July 13 and immediately self-isolated after receiving the test results from Alberta Health Services on July 15,” Hydro said in a statement.

The worker is supported by the on-site health clinic and before self-isolating, he had not left the camp or had interactions with the community.

“A very small number of contacts have also been identified and have been isolated and are being followed up on,” added Henry.

She also confirmed the closure on Thursday of the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving an infant.

“I would say that the maternity unit remains fully operational,” said Henry, adding that a separate neonatal intensive care unit has been put in place to ensure that everyone receives the necessary care.

“Contact tracing is underway and to understand how the virus was introduced to NICU members and Vancouver Coastal Health is working with St. Paul’s and staff to make sure we have identified everyone”, she declared. “There are a number of families and staff who have been in contact, who are now isolated, and the families involved, all of those involved are currently being monitored closely by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Henry has not reported any new deaths, which remain overall at 189.

She has not reported any new outbreaks. The Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver still has four cases of coronavirus, one of which is linked to the Kelowna show, according to Henry.

Additionally, Henry said the outbreak at Maple Hill, a long-term care home in Langley, has been declared over. The outbreak at Holy Family Hospital, a long-term care home in Vancouver, remains active.
81 people are infected, including 49 residents.

Out of 207 active cases, 18 people are hospitalized, including two in intensive care.



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