Hart House Trillium
(photo via Trillium Care)

Island Health has declared an end to a COVID-19 outbreak at a care home in Victoria, but cases continue to rise mid-Island.

The health authority says that following enhanced strategies at Hart House long term care in Victoria, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases related to the outbreak at the home.

An outbreak was declared at Hart House on January 9 after one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Follow-up testing of residents and staff found no other cases.

However, Thursday brought a record number of new cases of COVID-19 to the Island Health region, with 47 people testing positive for the virus.

In terms of health service delivery area, a majority of the cases are showing up on the mid-island, where active cases have grown to 157 as of Thursday, compared to 22 for each of the north and south island regions.

While the outbreak at Hart House is over, an outbreak at Nanaimo’s Malaspina Care Residence is still ongoing, and has been linked to two deaths.

In the meantime, social visits, admissions and transfers, and congregate dining will resume at Hart House, along with infection prevention and control measures.

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