Royal Inland Hospital COVID-19 outbreak declared over

The outbreak was first declared on Jan. 22 and claimed four lives over 31 days

The outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital has been declared over after 31 days.

All told, the outbreak claimed four lives and infected 69 staff and 36 patients.

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"We are deeply saddened that four people linked to this COVID-19 outbreak succumbed to their illness," said Interior Health CEO Susan Brown in a statement sent to media.

The outbreak began on Jan. 22 in 6 South, a surgical ward, with two staff and six patients testing positive.

The hospital's COVID ward, 6 North, was later included in the outbreak after patients were isolated there. On Feb. 6, 6 South was declared COVID-free.

Concerns over staff safety and shortages led to statements from the BC Nurses' Union and anonymous complaints to this newspaper by nursing staff.

Interior Health maintained, throughout the outbreak, that it was safe to visit the hospital for regular appointments.

Day surgeries continued at the hospital with only minor interruptions.

Interior Health reported it was conducting surveillance testing of staff on Feb. 5. On Feb. 18, a testing round of 60 staff revealed no new positive cases.

The hospital's last positive case was reported on Feb. 10, but further deaths were linked to the outbreak on Feb. 19, and a fourth on Feb. 22.

Immediately before declaring the RIH outbreak over, the health authority declared another hospital outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital.

That outbreak is currently linked to five positive tests among one staff and four patients.

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