St. Paul’s hit with norovirus
St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver is dealing with an outbreak of norovirus in two units. (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)
St. Paul’s Hospital is urging calm as news spreads that some of its patients have been hit with norovirus.
Seven patients in two units — 7B and 10C — have contracted the virus, which causes severe flu-like symptoms, such as vomiting. The two units have been closed to the public in order to contain the virus, with infection-control measures such as bleaching taking place, said Dave Lefebvre, spokesman for Providence Health Care, which operates the hospital.
“The rest of the hospital is operating as usual,” said Lefebvre, adding that people with appointments at the hospital should still come in. “It’s important for people to understand we’ve taken protective measures.”
If people insist on visiting patients in the two affected units, they will have to wear gloves, a mask and a gown, Lefebvre said.