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The COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital shows no signs of slowing down around three weeks after it was first declared.

In an email to Victoria Buzz, an Island Health spokesperson has confirmed that one patient and one staff member people have recently tested positive for the virus in connection with the outbreak.

This brings the total number of cases associated to the hospital to 22, with 11 patients and 11 staff members.

The news comes after another person died on Thursday after contracting COVID-19 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

The outbreak was declared on December 1 and has since claimed three lives.

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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