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COVID outbreak declared at Trail hospital, 7 confirmed cases

As of Nov. 14, there were six IH facilities in the throes of a COVID-19 outbreak, including KBRH
On Nov. 9, Interior Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. Photo: Times file

Interior Health (IH) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital in Trail.

According to the health authority’s facility outbreaks list, the breakout of COVID at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) was declared Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the medical unit on the third floor.

An IH spokesperson confirmed to the Trail Times that as of Monday afternoon (Nov. 14), there were seven patient cases connected to the outbreak on the medical unit and no deaths.

During an outbreak, additional infection prevention and control measures are implemented including pausing social visits, IH said, adding that essential visitors, palliative and end-of-life visits are permitted.

The KBRH news came only days after outbreaks were declared at an extended care unit in Summerland, in two separate areas of the regional hospital in Penticton, and at a care home in Kelowna.

Interior Health has since declared a COVID outbreak at the Williams Lake hospital and a long-term care home in Keremeos.

This latest outbreak at KBRH follows one that spanned from May 24 to June 6 on the third floor of the hospital. Fifteen cases were associated with that outbreak, including one death.

When an outbreak is over, the facility is removed from the list.

The list includes all hospitals, long-term care and assisted/independent living facilities within IH that either fall under the Hospital Act or are licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act.

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