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COVID-19: Outbreak declared at Fort St. John hospital

Northern Health Medical Health Officers have declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the inpatient unit (IPU) at Fort St. John Hospital, following lab-confirmed case(s) among patients and staff on the unit. At the time of the outbreak declaration, testing has identified three patients and two staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Enhanced outbreak control measures are in effect at Fort St. John Hospital.

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 staff and patients
  • Reducing movement of staff and patients between care areas of the hospital

Public health officials will be monitoring the situation carefully over coming weeks and will only declare the outbreak over when they are confident that chains of transmission have been stopped.

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