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One more person has died at Saanich Peninsula Hospital as a result of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

This brings the total death toll of that outbreak to three people.

“On behalf of Island Health, I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this person,” said Island Health President and CEO Kathy MacNeil in a statement.

“We share your grief during this very sad and difficult time. To the Island Health team members who cared for this person, thank you. I am grateful to you for the compassionate care you have provided.”

A total of 20 patients and staff members have thus far tested positive for COVID-19 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

An outbreak was declared at the hospital on December 1 and has been ongoing ever since.

Island Health says they are continuing testing and have confirmed that the outbreak remains limited to acute care areas of the hospital.

Laboratory service outpatient collections have been temporarily relocated to the lab at 2140A Keating Cross Road, and can be accessed Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Patients in acute care are being closely monitored for symptoms, while patient and staff testing continues.

Acute admissions to the hospital are not being accepted. Emergency care remains available and anyone in need can visit the emergency room immediately.

Other outpatient services including medical imaging and day surgery remain open and it is safe for the public to access these services.

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