Malaspina Care Residence
(photo via Chartwell Retirement Residences)

Island Health has confirmed three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 at long term care home in Nanaimo.

This brings the outbreak’s total to five at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence.

All five confirmed cases are residents located on the same unit, and it’s the only one in the facility affected by the outbreak.

The new cases were detected through mass-testing performed on Monday, December 28th and confirmed Tuesday.

Communication with residents, families and staff is underway.

All residents who tested positive with the virus have been isolated to their rooms.

Admissions, transfers and visitation to the site have been put on hold for the time being.

“Island Health’s public health team is working with Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence staff to carry out contact tracing to determine how the virus was introduced into the facility and to minimize potential for spread,” the health authority said in a media release.

“Island Health is working with Chartwell Malaspina leadership and staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all residents and staff.”

The health authority is also implementing enhanced control measures, including restricting staff and resident movements, extra cleaning and infection control, and twice-daily screening of all staff and residents.

Staffing levels will be maintained through the outbreak to provide resident care, while Island Health will be providing an additional presence at the site to take any further actions as required.

During this time, Island Health will have an additional presence at the site to take any further actions required, support the facility and answer questions from staff, residents and family members.

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