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Second COVID-19 outbreak declared at Royal Inland Hospital

Four patients are involved in the latest outbreak, the fifth at the Kamloops hospital this year
Royal Inland Hospital
Royal Inland Hospital is in downtown Kamloops, at Columbia Street and Third Avenue.

A second active outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Royal Inland Hospital.

The outbreak involves four patient cases in the medical unit 7 North, which treats renal and cardiac patients, and was announced on Nov. 9 by Interior Health.

Meanwhile, an outbreak on another medical unit, 5 South, has grown to 27 cases as of Nov. 9, including 20 patients and seven staff.

The 7 North COVID-19 outbreak is the fifth at RIH this year and first time two wards have had outbreaks at the same time.

Previous outbreaks occurred in units 6 South and 6 North. Five people have died in outbreaks at RIH this year.

The health authority has maintained throughout outbreaks at RIH that it is safe for people to visit for emergency care.

An updated case count at RIH is expected from Interior Health on the afternoon of Nov. 10.