Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
In a media release on Saturday night, the health authority confirmed that two staff members and one patient have tested positive for the virus.
The outbreak at the hospital has been limited to the East Wing of the Fourth floor.
The first staff member tested positive on January 19th after displaying symptoms.
Following the positive case, Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing.
After further testing, an additional staff member as well as one patient also tested positive with COVID-19.
“Until further notice, no new admissions will be allowed to the fourth floor East Wing, and staff working on the unit will not work on other units,” Island Health said in the release.
Out of an abundance of caution, no transfers of patients from the fourth floor, fifth floor or rehab Unit out to long term care, assisted living or congregate settings will take place.
To date, 63 patients and 58 staff members have been tested for COVID-19 at NRGH and enhanced surveillance testing is continuing.