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NICU – St. Paul’s Hospital

On July 16, 2020 the Medical Health Officer declared an outbreak in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Vancouver Coastal Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at St. Paul’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), effective July 28, 2020.

A VCH Medical Health Officer led the response, working closely with St. Paul’s and Providence Health Care.  A number of actions were taken during the outbreak at St. Paul’s NICU, which was declared on July 16, 2020. This included prompt isolation of cases and all potential contacts, stringent disinfecting of the NICU, and monitoring of proper infection, prevention and control practices. At no time was there evidence of risk to patients elsewhere in the hospital.

The main NICU is now fully open again. The maternity unit was not part of the outbreak and remained open.

The new protocols requiring parents visiting their babies in the NICU to wear a mask and sign a visitor log remain in place.

We continue to ask our staff, patients and families to remain vigilant and immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.

We thank our families for their patience and kindness through this time. The health and safety of patients and health care providers remain our utmost priority and we will continue to work every day to ensure patients receive the care they need.

Situation Update 

July 29, 2020
On July 29, 2020, the Medical Health Officer declared the COVID-19 outbreak in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Paul’s Hospital over. We thank VCH’s Medical Health Officer and PHC team members for their quick action in addressing this outbreak. We also thank the patients and their families for their patience and kindness during this time.
July 16, 2020
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the NICU at St. Paul’s Hospital, after transmission of COVID-19 in the unit was confirmed by Public Health.
  • Several patients and their families have been identified as potential contacts of these cases and are being monitored by Public Health. The cases are now under isolation and pose no ongoing risk.
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, today stated at her briefing that one infant has tested positive for COVID-19, though the child had not been showing any symptoms.
  • A Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Health Officer is leading the response and is working closely with the staff at St. Paul’s and Providence Health Care to ensure appropriate precautions are in place for the safety of all. This includes new protocols requiring parents visiting their babies in the NICU to wear a mask and sign a visitor log.
  • As with any outbreak in our region, we have strict infection control protocols that are immediately followed when a COVID-19 outbreak is declared.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence take critical steps to ensure the safety of patients, residents, staff and community with early identification of cases, prompt isolation, testing, monitoring and execution of proper infection, prevention and control practices. There is no evidence of risk to patients elsewhere in the hospital.
  • We thank our families for their patience and kindness during this time as we work diligently to keep patients and staff safe.
  • We have set up a satellite NICU, completely separate from the existing NICU, to take care of newly-delivered babies requiring that level of care and support. The maternity unit remains open.
  • We continue to ask our staff, patients and families to remain vigilant and immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.
  • The health and safety of patients and health care providers remains our utmost priority and we will continue to work every day to ensure patients receive the care they need.

 

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This page last updated Aug 31, 2020 3:45pm PDT