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COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital contained to one unit

February 22, 2021 - 3:09 PM

There's been a COVID-19 outbreak on unit 4B in Kelowna General Hospital and, as of this morning, four patients and one staff member have tested positive for the disease.

Interior Health said in a press release issued Feb. 22, an investigation is ongoing and patients with COVID-19 from 4B are being relocated to the COVID unit.

"There is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission to other areas of the hospital at this time," reads the statement. "Outbreak control measures are in place and a team of infection control and communicable disease specialists, along with KGH clinical staff and leaders, are meeting daily to contain the outbreak."

Health officials say the hospital remains safe to attend for appointments and emergency care and those with scheduled procedures are asked to carry on as usual. Self-isolation or COVID-19 testing is not required after visiting the hospital.

In recent days, the Okanagan's share of COVID-19 cases has dropped significantly.

According to information from the BC Centre for Disease Control, a total of 71 people in the Okanagan tested positive for the disease between Feb. 12 and Feb. 18, compared to the 597 Okanagan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 between in the week leading up to Dec. 3, 2020.


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