West Coast General Hospital

Outbreaks at a long-term care home and a hospital in Port Alberni have both been declared over by Island Health.

An outbreak at West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) had been declared on December 1 after evidence was found of transmission in the B-wing of the facility.

One patient and one staff member from the medical-surgical wing were identified in the outbreak.

Enhanced cleaning was implemented following the outbreak, and Island Health undertook contact tracing for staff, students, and patients.

As there have been no further COVID-19 cases relating to the outbreak at WCGH, B-wing has been reopened to admissions and transfers. Essential visitors are now also permitted at the hospital.

The outbreak at Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens was declared on November 16. Island Health says that one staff member and two residents in the long-term care facility tested positive for the virus.

No new cases have been detected in relation to the outbreak since November 25. The health authority says that communication with residents and families is underway and designated social visits are resuming.

“We want to acknowledge our staff and medical staff who provided care to patients and residents, everyone involved in our COVID response, and our community for your support,” Island Health said in a statement.

More information on COVID-19 in the Island Health region is available at www.islandhealth.ca/covid19.

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