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Gastrointestinal illness outbreak at Kamloops hospital finally over

The outbreak was declared in late January
Royal Inland Hospital
Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (via Eric Thompson)

2:30 p.m.

Two new cases of Norovirus have been reported at Royal Inland Hospital. For the latest update on this story, click HERE.

12:40 p.m.

The gastrointestinal illness outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is over.

Interior Health spokesperson Brad Buie says staff will continue to take precautionary measures.

The health authority anticipates Berwick on the Park will also get the all-clear today (Feb. 11). 

"Pine Grove Lodge is still on outbreak status," Buie tells KamloopsMatters in a phone interview, adding there haven't been any new patient or staff cases at that site. 

A gastrointestinal illness outbreak was declared at RIH late last month. The bug also reached the Hillside Psychiatric Centre and at least two residential care facilities in town: Berwick on the Park and Pine Grove Care Centre. The outbreak at the psychiatric centre was declared over on Feb. 4.

Tests later confirmed the bug at some sites as Norovirus.

As a result of the outbreak at the hospital, Interior Health had to postpone at least 20 surgeries to ensure there would be enough beds for emergency admissions.

At least 32 patients and 27 staff members showed gastrointestinal symptoms during the outbreak. Interior Health was hoping to declare the outbreak over on Feb. 9, but six new cases surfaced, in a different ward. 

Buie thanked the housekeeping and nursing staff, the infection control experts and the community for doing their part to keep the virus at bay.

Regular hand washing or use of alcohol-based sanitizer is still strongly encouraged. 


Tereza Verenca

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