Providence Health Care declares COVID-19 outbreak on one unit of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

For Immediate Release |  January 12 2021

Providence Health Care declares COVID-19 outbreak on one unit of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Vancouver, B.C. – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on Unit 3C of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital after two patients tested positive for COVID-19.

The source of the infection is currently unknown and is being investigated. The  Providence Health Care Pandemic Response Team is working closely with Public Health to gather more information.

As with any outbreak in this region, Providence has immediately implemented strict infection prevention and control protocols on 3C to prevent further spread of the virus.

These include:   

  • Careful monitoring of patients, staff and physicians – with screeners at the entrance  
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces  
  • Closing the unit to patient admissions and transfers
  • Self-monitoring or self-isolation of staff/physicians as required   
  • Suspension of visitors to the unit (with the exception of compassionate (end-of-life) visits  

Patients and families on this General Medicine unit of the hospital have been informed.

All visitation has been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted, with the exception of  compassionate visits at the end of life.

Mount Saint Joseph remains open and is prepared to safely receive and care for all individuals who require urgent and emergent care. At this time, there is no impact to other areas of the hospital.

 

Contact

Ann Gibbon

Communications

Providence Health Care

 agibbon@providencehealth.bc.ca