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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers

Northern Health Medical Health Officers have declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Inpatient Unit at Bulkley Valley District Hospital (BVDH) in Smithers, following lab-confirmed cases among patients.

The maternity section of the Inpatient Unit has not been affected.

At the time of the outbreak declaration, testing had identified four inpatients who have tested positive for COVID-19.

One of the outbreak-associated patients has passed away.

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Enhanced outbreak control measures are in place at Bulkley Valley District 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):

  • Restricting to essential visitors only
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and infection control measures
  • Enhanced symptom monitoring among all BVDH staff and patients
  • Limiting movement of staff and patients between care areas of the hospital

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

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