The COVID-19 epidemic at Saint-Paul hospital extends to 3 units

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A COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver has spread to three units.
Officials last week declared an outbreak in Unit 5A at the heart center. Now, outbreaks have also been reported in Unit 5B and the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit (CSICU), according to an internal Providence Health Care memo obtained by CBC News.

The units are all part of the heart center, where the hospital provides treatment, including surgery, transplants and rehabilitation, according to the St. Paul website.

All three units are closed to new admissions and transfers, Providence Health Care said.

“All visits have been suspended until the measures against the epidemic have been lifted; the exception being compassionate visits at the end of life, ”he says in the note.

The outbreak will not affect patient care or services on the units, he said.

Staff testing and additional collection clinics are underway.

“We continue to ask our staff to remain vigilant and self-isolate immediately and to report any symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection,” the memo reads.

Saint-Paul Hospital has been the scene of several COVID-19 outbreaks since the start of the pandemic, including in the urban health unit in September and in the neonatal care unit this summer.

As of Monday morning, there were 6,118 active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia and 358 people in hospital.

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