Coronavirus Canada updates: Infant tests positive in B.C. hospital outbreak

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Among British Columbia’s 28 latest cases is an infant who is linked to an outbreak at a Vancouver hospital, St. Paul’s, in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the infant is not exhibiting symptoms at the moment.

Vancouver Coastal Health is still investigating how the virus was introduced in the setting. Henry could not share now people have contracted the virus, but that “there’s a very small number, so less than 10 people, who were in the exposed group.”

The maternity ward is unaffected and remains operational, but the NICU has been shut down, while patients have been transferred to a temporary satellite unit. The NICU provides 24-hour care for premature babies and other newborns with serious health problems.

Among the latest cases is also a worker from Alberta at BC Hydro’s Site C dam project in northern B.C.

The latest update increases the province’s total case count to 3,198. That includes 2,802 people who have recovered, up by 13 since Thursday.

There are now 207 active cases in the province, which includes 18 people in hospital (up by three), and two in intensive care (down by one). No new deaths were recorded, as the death toll remains at 189.

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