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COVID-19: Northern Health declares outbreak at hospital in Prince George

Northern Health says nine patients and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19

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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in the primary care unit of the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George.

Northern Health says nine patients and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 in association with the outbreak. Meanwhile, monitoring and testing is underway to identify any additional cases at the hospital.

“Enhanced outbreak control measures are in place at UHNBC. The facility is taking steps to protect the health of staff and those they care for,” the health authority said in a statement.

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Northern Health says enhanced COVID-19 precautions include: increased cleaning protocols; enhanced symptom monitoring of all patients and staff; the limiting movement between care areas; and restriction of access to the unit to essential visitors only.

There are now 23 active outbreaks at health-care facilities in British Columbia.

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