COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna General Hospital

Outbreak declared at KGH

Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital.

As of Monday morning, four patients and one staff member in the 4B unit of the hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus.

“There is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission to other areas of the hospital at this time,” Interior Health said Monday afternoon. "Investigation is ongoing and patients with COVID-19 from 4B are being relocated to the COVID unit."

“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.”

Interior Health says KGH remains safe to attend for appointments and emergency care and 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,” IH said. “Please do not invite friends or extended family to your residence for a visit or gathering.”

IH also announced Monday afternoon that a coronavirus outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops is now over. In total, 69 staff, 36 patients and four deaths were connected to that outbreak, which was first declared on Jan. 22.

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