December 5, 2021

COVID-19: Kamloops hospital outbreak, visitor restrictions announced

Visitor restrictions have been implemented at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

Making the announcement Wednesday afternoon, Interior Health said “from now on, only essential visitors will be able to visit the site.”

“These temporary restrictions for visitors are in place as a precautionary measure due to the current activity of the COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital,” Interior Health said.

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Information on what is an essential visit is listed below:

  • Compassionate Care Visits: including critical illness, palliative care, palliative care, end-of-life care and physician-assisted dying;
  • Visits to patients in emergency or intensive care;
  • Visits for pediatric care, labor and delivery;
  • Visits necessary to support a patient’s physical care (eg, feeding or mobility assistance), mental well-being, or decision-making.

Interior Health said on Tuesday that the hospital’s 5S unit had 27 cases (20 patients, seven staff) with one death related to the outbreak, while the 7N unit had four patient cases.

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“All services continue to be available at the Royal Inland Hospital,” Interior Health said, “and the hospital remains safe to visit for anyone in need of emergency care.”

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