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Deadly COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Kamloops's Royal Inland Hospital

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February 22, 2021 - 3:41 PM

The COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops is over.

The outbreak on 6 North at Royal Inland Hospital was declared over today, Feb. 22, by Interior Health after the 6 South outbreak was isolated and declared over earlier this month, the Interior Health press release said.

Since the outbreak was first declared on Jan. 22, 69 staff and 36 patients were infected. Four deaths were connected to the outbreak.

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"Although this outbreak is declared over, COVID-19 still circulates throughout Interior Health communities. It is essential that everyone continue to avoid social gatherings and limit socialization to their immediate household bubble," the release reads.

Containing the outbreak and maintaining services was thanks to efforts from communicable disease specialists, hospital leaders and staff, Dr. Albert De Villiers, chief medical health officer for Interior Health, said in the release.

“I would like to send our condolences to the loved ones and caregivers of those who passed away, and our sincerest appreciation for the efforts made by the entire hospital community who worked tirelessly to contain the outbreak," president and CEO of Interior Health Susan Brown said.

There are currently 705 active COVID-19 cases in the Interior Health region with 23 in hospital, according to BC Centre for Disease Control.

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