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COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital grows to third unit(SPH Dr. Dan Kalla)

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A trio of outbreaks at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital have grown to include 53 cases of COVID-19, a spokesperson said Saturday.

Outbreaks have been detected on three floors, including a medicine unit (declared Jan. 22), a renal unit (declared Jan. 20) and the cardiac unit, including the cardiac care ICU (declared Jan. 10).

Twenty-four patients have tested positive, 16 in cardiac care and four in each of the other two units, a spokesperson for Providence Healthcare said. Twenty-nine cases involved staff, they said. They were unable to say how many of those cases were active as of Saturday.

Dr. Dan Kalla, department head for emergency medicine at the hospital, acknowledged the outbreaks were putting strain on the facility, but said St. Paul’s was still providing cardiac care up to and including transplants.

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