COVID-19 outbreak spreads at Vancouver hospital, affecting 16 patients, 13 staff

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VANCOUVER — Two more units have been added to a COVID-19 outbreak declared at Vancouver General Hospital.

A statement from Vancouver Coastal Health says outbreaks are underway on inpatient units T-14-G and T-11-G in the highrise tower of the hospital's Jim Pattison Pavilion.

The health authority says the outbreaks are in addition to one declared Sunday in unit T-10-C in the same tower.

The statement says, in total, 16 patients and 13 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Visits to all three units have been suspended, except for end-of-life compassionate visits, and the hospital says infection prevention and control protocols are underway to prevent further transmission.

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

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

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