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COVID-19: Precautionary outbreak declared at University Hospital of Northern BC

Northern Health is implementing enhanced COVID-19 precautions related to the Internal Medicine Unit (IMU) at University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George, following lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Enhanced outbreak control measures are in place at UHNBC, and at this time, there is no evidence of ongoing transmission of COVID-19 within UHNBC. NH Medical Health Officers have declared a precautionary outbreak related to the Internal Medicine Unit – two patients, and four staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

Northern Health Public Health is closely monitoring for additional cases, and the facility is taking steps to protect the health of staff and those they care for, with enhanced outbreak precautions such as (but not limited to): 

  • Increased frequency of cleaning and infection control measures
  • Enhanced symptom monitoring among all UHNBC staff and patients

The precautionary outbreak declaration will be in place until at least 14 days after any potential exposure to a lab-confirmed case. If there is still no evidence of transmission of illness after that time, the outbreak can be declared over. 


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