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Second COVID-19 outbreak at a Kelowna General Hospital unit

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March 06, 2021 - 1:31 PM

Another COVID-19 outbreak was declared today, March 6, at Kelowna General Hospital.

As of Saturday morning, one patient and one staff member on unit 5B have tested positive for COVID-19.

"There is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission to other areas of the hospital at this time,"  Interior Health said in a press release.

The outbreak on unit 5B is not linked to the ongoing outbreak on unit 4B, declared Feb. 22.

Outbreak control measures are in place and a team of infection control and communicable disease specialists, along with KGH clinical staff and leaders, are meeting daily to contain the outbreak.

The hospital remains safe to attend for appointments and emergency care. Please continue with any scheduled procedures. Self-isolation or COVID-19 testing is not required after visiting the hospital.

The public is reminded that socialization must be limited to immediate household bubbles. Please do not invite friends or extended family to your residence for a visit or gathering.

After four weeks of seeing the number of new COVID-19 cases decline in the Interior Health region, the numbers turned the other way last week.

From Feb. 21 to 27 there were 231 new cases detected in the region, up by 49 from the 182 the week before.

In the Kamloops Local Health Area, which stretches from Barriere to Logan Lake and Chase, there were 124 cases, a 46 case increase from the previous week.

The case numbers are on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website and are updated weekly.

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