University Hospital of Northern BC – Prince George is implementing full COVID-19 safety measures throughout the facility, in light of declared outbreaks on two inpatient units, and general rates of local COVID-19 activity.
Enhanced outbreak control measures are already in place on the Primary Care Medical, and Internal Medicine Units in response to the two, unrelated outbreaks. To further protect the health of patients, clients, staff and physicians, UHNBC is expanding measures to the entire facility, including all patient care areas and public spaces.
Effective immediately, only essential visitors will be allowed in any department or area of UHNBC. Essential visits include those for compassionate care, including at end of life, and visitors accompanying patients with physical care or mental well-being needs.
Additional UHNBC COVID-19 Safety Plan measures being implemented facility-wide, include (but are not limited to):
- Access controls and facility entrance screening
- Physical distancing, and occupancy limits – including in waiting rooms, meeting rooms, educational spaces, communal spaces and other common areas.
- Masking protocols
UHNBC patients and visitors should watch for information and directional signage posted within the facility. Public health officials will be monitoring the situation carefully over coming weeks, with respect to both current UHNBC outbreaks and the duration of expanded COVID-19 measures, facility-wide.
More information facility outbreaks of COVID-19 within the Northern Health region, is available here:www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/public-exposures-and-outbreaks