Vernon hospital COVID-19 outbreak expands, more patients told to self-isolate

A COVID-19 outbreak at VJH has expanded. File Photo: Global News

The Interior Health Authority (IHA) said there are now five cases of COVID-19 connected to the outbreak at Vernon Jubilee Hospital (VJH) that was first announced on Wednesday.

There are now three patients and two staff among the VJH Level-3 Surgical Unit who have contracted the disease.

The new cases have prompted the IHA to expand the dates where patients may have been exposed.

“Anyone who was on Level 3 Surgical Unit at VJH from March 15 to (and including) March 29 should self-isolate for 14 days since the last day of discharge from hospital,” according to the IHA.

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Interior Health said it is working on contacting former Level-3 Surgical Unit patients who are at high risk of being exposed to the virus during the last two weeks.

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All affected patients have been moved to the COVID ward, according to the IHA.

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Vernon Jubilee Hospital remains safe for other patients and services, it said.

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