St. Paul's Hospital: 7A & 7B (Nov. 23, 2021)

The outbreak at 7A/B at SPH was declared over on December 8, 2021.

 

December 2, 2021
On November 23, 2021, VCH Public Health declared Outbreak status on units 7A & 7B at St. Paul's Hospital, after nine patients tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, 7A/B was closed for new admissions and visitors; the exception being for compassionate visits at the end of life.

As of today (December 2nd), the number of COVID-19 patients testing positive is now at 17. In addition, a staff member on the unit has tested positive, although that case is being investigated to see if it is related to this current outbreak.

All other units at St. Paul's Hospital not currently experiencing an outbreak, including the Emergency Department, remain open and are actively caring for patients.  

We understand this is a stressful time and will work to provide you updates as we know more. Should there be any new developments or changes to the above, we will provide regular updates to you as needed.    ​

November 26, 2021 Update

We are writing to let you know that there are now 15 patients total that have tested positive for COVID-19. All these patients are being cared for on 7B. As a result, 7A/B remains closed for new admissions and visitors; the exception being for compassionate visits at the end of life. There have been no staff cases or spread to other units in the hospital.

While Visitor restrictions are in place, we will continue to support virtual connections via telephone or facetime.  

All other units at St. Paul’s Hospital not currently experiencing an outbreak, including the Emergency Department, remain open and are actively caring for patients.  All staff in the hospital are fully vaccinated and no visitors are allowed to the hospital unless they are fully vaccinated.

We understand this is a stressful time and will work to provide you updates as we know more. Should there be any new developments or changes to the above, we will provide regular updates to you as needed.  

Please feel free to contact communications@providencehealth.bc.ca should you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you. 

November 23, 2021 Update

This email is forwarded on behalf of Dr. John Harding, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health.  

VCH Public Health has declared Outbreak status at unit 7A & 7B of St. Paul’s Hospital, effective immediately, after nine patients tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, 7A/B is closed for new admissions and visitors; the exception being for compassionate visits at the end of life.  

Measures were enacted immediately to slow the spread, including the testing of patients and staff. There are no positive staff cases to date. The source of the infection is currently unknown and being investigated. The PHC Pandemic Response Team is working closely with Public Health to gather more information.   

7A/B is a medicine unit. 

While we await further information and out of an abundance of caution to minimize any further exposure and spread of COVID-19, the following measures will be put in place:  

Contact and Droplet Precautions are in place and the two COVID-19 positive patients.  
No new admissions or transfers to 7A/B until further notice, with the exception of COVID-19 positive patients.  
A deep cleaning and decluttering of 7A, 7B, 7C & 7D.  
Testing of all 7A/B team members and consultants who cared for these patients. 
If you have the slightest symptoms, please don’t come to work to be tested. Get tested and wait for the results.   
Testing of other staff and patients is not required at this time.  
Continue to screen patients twice as day as per our standard process.   

Health and Safety Reminders:  

If you have the slightest symptoms, please don’t come to work. Get tested and wait for the results. If symptoms develop at work, inform your manager, leave work and get tested at one of the community testing sites.  
Gathering in break rooms is risky. Staff are reminded to stagger breaks. When in break rooms, keep your mask on until seated; keep a two-metre distance from one another; declutter and disinfect surfaces in break rooms (e.g. door handle, chair/couch, table, microwave, fridge, pillow, etc.) before and after use, and avoid sharing food.   
Reminder that excellent hand hygiene is important for protecting yourself against COVID-19 and other pathogens. Hand hygiene should be performed: When entering and exiting medical facility, unit, ward, or clinic; before and after patient contact or contact with patient environment; before and after contact with a health-care provider or their work environment; and before donning and during/after doffing PPE.  
Minimize risk of exposure and spread by not socializing with staff and colleagues outside of the workplace.  
Please remember the latest public orders and direction from Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry regarding events, social gatherings and your core bubble. 
Please note that at this time, booster doses for COVID-19 are not recommended for staff who are already fully vaccinated.  

You are all working under tremendous pressure and stress. Please know there’s extra help should you need it. Please talk to your supervisor/manager or seek further assistance by contacting Occupational Health & Safety at 604-806-9925 or Homewood Health (new EFAP) at 1-800-663-1142 if you wish to talk to speak to someone about the psychological impact on yourself and/or your family.  

Email COVID-19 related questions to: COVID-19@providencehealth.bc.ca  

Check out COVID-19 information at:  http://covid19.providencehealthcare.org/  

 

This page last updated Dec 29, 2021 11:00am PST