COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital declared over

The 10 patients who tested positive ran the spectrum in the vaccination process — some were unvaccinated, some had one shot and some had two shots.

Interior Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak on unit 6 South at Royal Inland Hospital over as of July 16. The outbreak was declared on June 30.

The unit has fully re-opened for admissions.

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In total, 10 patients tested positive for the disease. It is not believed any patients fell seriously ill as the vast majority were asymptomatic.

The patients who tested positive ran the spectrum in the vaccination process — some were unvaccinated, some had one shot and some had two shots.

No staff were involved in the outbreak. 

“I want to thank all of our hospital workers for their tireless efforts in identifying and containing this outbreak,” medical health officer Dr. Carol Fenton said.

“I really feel that the swift action and containment of this outbreak is a testament to RIH staff’s experience in COVID-19 outbreak management and also a demonstration in the effectiveness of the vaccines.”

The 6 South is a unit for pre- and post-surgical patients and deals with a wide range of patients, with varying age ranges and vaccination rates.

The unit has a fairly high turnover of patients compared to other units in Royal Inland Hospital.

Unit 6 South was the site of an outbreak that was declared on Jan. 22, an outbreak that spread to 6 North and claimed four lives and infected 69 staff members and 36 patients before being declared over after 31 days.

Booking a COVID-19 test

You can book an appointment online through the COVID-19 test booking form by clicking here. You can call the COVID-19 test booking line at 1-877-740-7747 for assistance.

COVID-19 immunization clinics

People can get their first dose by dropping in at any immunization clinic or by appointment.  To get a second dose at other clinics, book an appointment. Invitations to book an appointment are being sent seven weeks after receiving the first dose.

Register online by visiting the provincial website at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/, call 1‑833‑838‑2323, or visit a Service BC office (in Kamloops, the office is in the Kamloops Law Courts building, downtown at Columbia Street and Fourth Avenue), then book an appointment.

For a list of all Interior Health COVID-19 immunization clinics and other resources, click here.

 

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