An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Lions Gate Hospital after patients tested positive for the virus in one unit.
Catherine Loiacono, a spokesperson for Vancouver Coastal Health, said early Saturday that she didn’t know how many people had tested positive.
VCH says the unit and the adjacent unit have been placed on “enhanced surveillance out of an abundance of caution.”
The health authority says it has implemented strict infection prevention and control protocols to prevent further transmission of the virus, including careful monitoring, enhanced cleaning, and restricting patient admissions and transfers from outbreak units.
Health officials are notifying patients on the affected units about the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as their families.
As a result of the outbreak, Lions Gate Hospital is temporarily moving to Phase 2 of the Surgical Surge Plan which means it will be prioritizing urgent and emergent surgeries and continuing with daycare cases.
Patients who may be impacted will be contacted directly, say health officials.
The emergency department at Lions Gate Hospital remains open. At this time, there has been no impact to other areas of Lions Gate Hospital.