More patients on RVH Transitional Unit test positive for COVID

Ten patients and one staff member have tested positive; two patients have died

The COVID outbreak in the Transitional Unit at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre has grown to ten patients and one staff member. Two patients have died.

RVH declared the outbreak Friday when three patients had tested positive.

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The positive patients have been moved to the RVH Respiratory Unit.

Patients still on the Transitional Unit are being routinely tested, are being safely quarantined in their rooms, and are being monitored closely for symptoms. Patients who were previously discharged from the unit will be contacted by public health and advised to self-isolate in their homes. The unit is closed to new admissions and transfers. No visitors are permitted to the unit. Staff is also being swab tested.

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RVH has implemented its Outbreak Management Protocol which includes enhanced cleaning, surveillance, education, and frequent communication to patients. As a further precaution, all staff who have recently provided direct patient care on the unit will be tested.

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