A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at two Vancouver Island long-term care homes.

In a statement released by Island Health, the confirmed outbreaks are located at Wexford Creek and Eden Gardens long-term care homes in Nanaimo.

One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at each site.

At this time, no residents are experiencing symptoms, according to Island Health.

Communication with residents and families is underway.

Wexford Creek is owned and operated by Park Place Seniors Living. The staff member who tested positive is self-isolating at home.

The outbreak is limited to one floor within the facility.

Eden Gardens is owned and operated by the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society. The staff member who tested positive is al self-isolating at home.

The outbreak is limited to staff and elders who participated in activities on specific days.

Admissions, transfers and visitation to the both facilities have been stopped.

Enhanced control measures have been put in place at both sites and Island Health is working to identify anyone who may have been potentially exposed to the virus.

The following measures have been implemented at both sites:
* Staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care.
* Visitors are restricted throughout the facilities.
* Staff and resident movement in the facilities has been restricted.
* Cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced.
* Residents, families and staff are being notified.
* Twice a day screening of all staff and residents.
* At Wexford Creek, all residents on the affected floor are being tested for COVID-19 and all staff who worked on the affected floor with the confirmed case are being tested for COVID-19.
* At Eden Gardens, all staff and elders who participated in activities on specific days are being tested for COVID-19.

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