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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

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March 31, 2021 - 12:51 PM

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

An Interior Health media release issued today, March 31, says the outbreak occurred on the Level three surgical unit.

Three patients have tested positive for COVID-19 and an investigation is now underway. Patients that test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to the COVID unit, Interior Health says.

Patients discharged from the surgical unit between March 15 and March 21 are advised to self-isolate.

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

READ MORE: Another COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital

Interior Health says the hospital remains safe for the public to attend appointments and receive emergency care. The health authority is advising people to continue with scheduled procedures and self-isolation or COVID-19 testing is not required after visiting the hospital.

"Some surgeries requiring an overnight stay may be postponed, but replaced with day surgeries. All patients will be notified if their procedure is impacted and re-scheduled as quickly as possible," reads the release.

Interior Health also declared another outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital today, March 31.

Interior Health is reminding the public to keep physical distancing, washing hands regularly and wearing a mask.

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