Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens

An outbreak at a long term care facility on Vancouver Island has reported a new COVID-19 case.

According to Island Health, a resident at Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens long-term care home in Port Alberni tested positive for the virus on November 25.

The resident was one of three people who had close contacts with the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 on November 16, which is when an outbreak was declared at that facility.

Island Health says the patient is not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus and their test result is not an indication of widespread transmission within the facility.

In total, one staff member and two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this long term care home.

“All residents and staff who work at the site received a second COVID-19 test earlier this week,” said Island Health in a statement. “At this time, no additional cases have been identified.”

The health authority says all residents who were considered close contacts of the initial staff case have been isolating in their rooms since the outbreak was declared on November 16.

The unit where their rooms are located has been isolated from the rest of the building, and staff movement has been restricted within the facility.

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