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COVID-19 outbreak closes one unit of Vancouver General Hospital to admissions, visits

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-(NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP
February 22, 2021 - 7:18 AM

VANCOUVER - Five patients and two staff members in one unit at Vancouver General Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting health officials to declare an outbreak in that section of the hospital.

Vancouver Coastal Health says inpatient unit T-10-C in the hospital's Jim Pattison Pavilion is now closed to new admissions and transfers.

Visits to the unit, on the tenth floor of the hospital's highrise tower, have been suspended except for end-of-life compassionate visits.

The health authority says strict infection prevention and control protocols have been implemented.

Those include enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all frequently touched surfaces in the unit and self-monitoring or self-isolation of staff and physicians as part of the contact tracing process.

Coastal health says the rest of the hospital, including the emergency room, are open and operating as usual.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2021.

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