Vancouver Coastal Health has announced that in an attempt to help reduce transmission of COVID-19, it is restricting visitors to all its facilities to essential visits only.
The restriction includes visits to all VCH hospitals, long-term care, assisted living sites and community health clinics.
Essential visits include compassionate care, such as end of life or critical illness; visits paramount to patient well-being, such as assistance with feeding or mobility; and existing registered volunteers providing essential services.
Visitors who are feeling unwell or experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms cannot visit patients, residents or clients at any VCH facility.
In addition, VCH encourages everyone to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing – staying at least two metres away from others – and staying home if they are feeling sick.