A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at KGH

3 affected in KGH outbreak

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.

Interior Health has confirmed three people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest outbreak of the virus at Kelowna General Hospital.

The outbreak was first declared late Thursday night in the 3 East unit of the hospital.

According to a news release Friday morning, two patients and one staff member tested positive, resulting in the outbreak being declared.

Those patients who have tested positive are being relocated to the COVID unit. Anyone considered to have been potentially exposed will be contacted by IH.

The news release states there is no evidence of transmission of the virus in other areas of the hospital.

"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."

ORIGINAL: 9 a.m.

Another outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Kelowna General Hospital.

The latest outbreak, on 3 East, was noted on Interior Health's website sometime Thursday evening, and was not included as part of Thursday's email update on cases around the region.

Interior Health has not confirmed the number of cases included with the current outbreak.

This is the fourth declared outbreak of COVID-19 at KGH in the past three-and-a-half months.

Previous outbreaks were declared on 4B, 4E and 5B. At least two people died as a result of those outbreaks.

Six employees at the hospital also tested positive as part of the large outbreak cluster in the city last summer.

Castanet News has reached out to Interior Health for information concerning this latest outbreak.

The outbreak at the Spring Valley long-term care home in Kelowna sits at 48 cases, including 36 residents. Eleven people have died as a result of that outbreak.

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