COVID-19 OUTBREAK DECLARED AT ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL’S RENAL UNIT

LATEST ST. PAUL'S HOSPITAL OUTBREAK UPDATE

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

On January 20, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared on Unit 6B of St. Paul’s Hospital’s Renal Unit, an inpatient ward.

The hospital is currently managing an outbreak on its 5A, 5B and CSICU units.  

St. Paul’s Hospital remains open to safely receive and care for everyone who requires urgent and emergent care. At this time, there is no impact to other areas of St. Paul’s Hospital. Patients are urged not to delay in seeking care to avoid exacerbating their conditions.

With regard to the 6B outbreak, patient care and services are being maintained other areas of the Renal Unit that are not affected by the outbreak. 

Providence Health Care’s Pandemic Response team is working closely with Public Health to ensure appropriate precautions are in place for everyone’s safety.  

The affected unit is closed to new admissions and transfers at this time. All visitation has been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted, except for compassionate (end-of-life) visits.

As with any outbreak in this region, strict infection prevention and control protocols have been immediately implemented on 6B to prevent further spread of the virus.   

These include:  

  • Careful monitoring of patients, staff and physicians – with screeners at the hospital entrance 
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces 
  • Self-monitoring or self-isolation of staff/physicians as required  
  • Droplet and Contact precautions and testing of any patients who may have had contact with positive cases  

The care and safety of our patients and staff remains the utmost priority of Providence Health Care. Updates will be provided as more information is gathered.  

For more information, please see our 6B FAQ.

Contact

Ann Gibbon
Communications
Providence Health Care
agibbon@providencehealth.bc.ca