Two patients in the hospitalist unit at Vancouver General Hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In response an outbreak has been declared, according to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). The unit, LB8A, is now closed to new admissions and transfers. Visits have also been suspended except in the case of end of life.
"Vancouver General Hospital remains open and is prepared to safely receive and care for all individuals who require urgent and emergent care. At this time, there is limited impact to other areas of Vancouver General Hospital," states VCH in a press release.
To help stop the spread of the outbreak new protocols are in place, including close monitoring of patients and staff and increased cleaning.
At the same time, a previous outbreak in the respiratory unit (T12A) has been declared over.