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Interior Health warning public of gastrointestinal outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital

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KAMLOOPS - Interior Health Authority is warning the public of a gastrointestinal illness outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital.

As of yesterday, Jan. 29, there are currently 16 patients and 11 staff members affected at the hospital, according to an Interior Health media release. Hillside Psychiatric Centre has also declared seven patients and 13 staff members with symptoms.

The hospital is currently not admitting any patients to three wards experiencing the outbreak. Patients on these wards are waiting for admission to long-term care or assisted living facilities and will not be transferred until the outbreak is over, Interior Health says.

These precautions mean there might be congestion at the emergency department and it might be a longer wait than normal to see a physician.

People with non-emergent illnesses are asked to contact their family doctor or go to a walk-in clinic, Interior Health says. They can also stay home and rest or consult with a healthcare provider by calling 811.

Signage is posted at the entrance of affected units to advise people that the outbreak is ongoing so people can take proper precautions. Healthy people can still visit but may want to wait until the outbreak is over.

Interior Health says staff have enhanced housekeeping in patient rooms, bathrooms and frequently touched areas. Visitors should practice appropriate hygiene to prevent the virus from spreading.

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