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Coronavirus: Outbreak at Kamloops hospital has nearly grown 10-fold

On Saturday, Interior Health announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops is now at 76. Google Maps

The coronavirus outbreak at a hospital in Kamloops, B.C., has grown nearly ten-fold since it was first announced last week.

On Saturday, Interior Health announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at Royal Inland Hospital is now at 76.

That’s up from eight cases – six patients and two staff members in unit 6 South of the hospital — when Interior Health first announced the outbreak on Friday, Jan. 22.

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Of Saturday’s 76 cases, which is comprised of 27 patients and 49 staff members, 74 cases are considered to be active.

Health officials said no new deaths have been linked to the outbreak.

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Saturday’s update included four new cases in unit 6 North.

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“Although an outbreak is now declared on units 6 South and 6 North, there is no indication of COVID-19 spread to other areas of the hospital,” Interior Health said.

“All staff and physicians who worked on 6 North during the potentially infectious period are being tested for COVID-19.”

Interior Health said precautions are in place to prevent further COVID-19 transmission at RIH, and that all staff members who have tested positive are isolating at home, adding that none have been hospitalized.

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