Interior Health no longer has any COVID-19 patients in ICU

IH confirms 66 new cases

Finally, a bit of good news within the Southern Interior concerning COVID-19.

During a media briefing Wednesday afternoon, Interior Health chief medical officer Dr. Albert de Villiers indicated no patients with symptoms of the virus remained in intensive care.

All four patients identified on Tuesday had been released from intensive care sometime Tuesday night or earlier Wednesday.

There are still 18 patients being treated in hospital.

Dr. de Villiers says 66 new COVID-19 cases have been identified over the past 24 hours, bringing the total since the pandemic was declared to 1,899.

There are currently 570 active cases where people are self-isolating at home, and only three deaths from the virus.

He says the outbreak declared Monday at the Mountainview Village long-term care home in Kelowna has still been contained to just one resident and one staff member, while another outbreak at Orchard Manor, which affected just a single staff member, has been declared over.

An outbreak within the new tower construction site at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops has now grown to 13 cases.

Meantime, Dr. de Villiers complimented the work being done at long-term care homes within the IH region.

While a large number of deaths reported across the province from the virus have occurred within long-term care homes, he says the outbreak at Mountainview Village involved the first case involving a resident within IH since the pandemic began.

"That means we are doing something right, or the long-term care facilities are doing something right," he says.

"We are making sure that person is isolated and the staff member is not currently at work. We are making sure we test anybody else that was around them, that was in contact to make sure they aren't sick."

The facility is also stepping up cleaning procedures and making sure visitor restrictions are well executed.

"It looks as if we do have that situation under control, but it started recently, so as we know the virus can take up to two weeks to rear its head.

"We want to make sure we stay vigilant until we can declare it over."

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