Norovirus outbreak remains at Royal Inland Hospital

Just as officials felt the viral gastrointestinal illness outbreak was ending, two patients in 5North have contracted norovirus, while Pine Grove Seniors Community on the North Shore remains on the outbreak list

A viral gastrointestinal illness outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital re-emerged on Monday, just as staff hoped it would end.

Two patients in RIH’s 5North unit are confirmed to have norovirus. 5North was one of the units impacted last week by an outbreak that hit the hospital and a number of community care facilities.

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“It [5North] is the only unit right now that does have an outbreak,” Interior Health spokesman Brad Buie told KTW, noting the two infected patients are being treated in isolation to prevent the disease from spreading.

Another outbreak erupted on Sunday at Pine Grove Seniors Community on the North Shore Buie said, and one unit at Berwick on the Park in Sahali remains in outbreak status.

Both facilities have been affected by an outbreak for the past few weeks.

Two weeks ago, two days of surgeries were cancelled when the virus struck multiple units at RIH.

“It’s always a fluid situation because it’s a virus,” Buie said. “It can be in the community and it can come back into the facilities.”

According to Interior Health’s website as of Tuesday, RIH has gastrointestinal illness outbreaks on 5North and 4North, but Berwick on the Park is no longer listed on the active facility outbreaks list.

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