There has been a third death connected to the four concurrent active COVID-19 outbreaks at Royal Inland Hospital.
The latest death occurred between Saturday (Nov. 13) and Sunday in unit 6 South. Two previous deaths occurred in unit 5 South.
As of Nov. 14, the outbreak situation at the hospital, with case counts, deaths and date of declaration:
• Unit 5 South (medical ward, declared on Nov. 2): 19 positive patient cases, seven positive staff/other cases, two deaths;
• Unit 7 North (renal and cardiac ward, declared on Nov. 8): Four positive patient cases;
• Unit 6 South (surgical ward, declared on Nov. 10): Nine positive patient cases, one death;
• Unit 5 North (stroke and rehab ward, declared on Nov. 13)): Two positive patient cases, two positive staff/other cases.
There have now been seven COVID-19 outbreaks at RIH this year and the first time four units have had outbreaks at the same time.
Previous outbreaks occurred in units 6 South and 6 North. Six people have died in outbreaks at RIH this year.
The health authority had maintained throughout outbreaks at RIH that it is safe for people to visit for emergency care.
However that changed on Nov. 10 when Interior Health said only essential visitors are permitted at Royal Inland Hospital. Essential visitors include:
• Visits for compassionate care: including critical illness, palliative care, hospice care, end-of-life and medical assistance in dying;
• Visits to patients in the emergency department or intensive care unit;
• Visits for pediatric care, labour and delivery;
• Visits necessary to support a patient’s physical care (such as help with feeding or mobility), mental well-being or decision-making.
Interior Health said all services continue to be available at RIH, adding that the hospital remains safe to visit for anyone needing emergency care.