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COVID-19 outbreak declared over at RIH patient tower construction site

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December 08, 2020 - 9:51 AM

A COVID-19 outbreak among construction workers at the Royal Inland Hospital Patient Care Tower in Kamloops is now over.

Public health linked 13 cases of COVID-19 to the outbreak, according to an Interior Health media release. Two, 14-day incubation periods have passed since the last positive case at the tower, allowing the medical health officer to declare the outbreak over.

READ MORE: Workers at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops test positive for COVID-19

“I’d like to thank our project team, public health, RIH employees, physicians and administration as well as our construction partner EllisDon for helping bring this outbreak to a close," said IH president and CEO Susan Brown, in the release. "While this is positive news, we continue to see COVID-19 transmission throughout the Interior, so it is critical for everyone to remain vigilant and do what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” 

All cases associated with the outbreak received appropriate follow-up and have recovered. Contacts of each confirmed case were identified through contact tracing and also received direction from public health.

“Our medical health officers, epidemiology team, communicable disease unit and public health staff are committed to following up on all COVID-19 cases to ensure outbreaks and clusters are contained and to reduce COVID-19 exposures in our workplaces and communities," said Dr. Carol Fenton, Interior Health medical health officer, in the release.

Construction on the hospital's Patient Care Tower is on schedule and the tower is set to open to patients in summer 2022.

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