Royal Inland Hospital is in downtown Kamloops at Columbia Street and Third Avenue. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Visits to Royal Inland Hospital restricted due to COVID-19 outbreak

The hospital’s 5S unit has 20 cases

Interior Health has established temporary visitor restrictions in response to a COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

As of Nov. 4, the RIH outbreak in unit 5S had 20 cases — 17 patients and three staff. The changes are effective immediately and only “essential visitors” are allowed to attend the site.

Essential visitors include:

– Visits for compassionate care, such as critical illness, palliative care, hospice, end-of-life and medical assistance in dying;

– Visits to patients in the emergency department or intensive care unit;

– Visits for pediatric care, labour or delivery;

– Visits necessary to support a patient’s physical care, (e.g., assistance with feeding or mobility), mental well-being or decision-making.

The health authority noted all services continue at RIH and it remains safe to visit for anyone needing emergency care.



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