(Sunset Lodge)

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at a Victoria long-term care home has claimed one resident’s life.

The outbreak at the Salvation Army-run Sunset Lodge has quickly infected 13 staff and 13 residents since August 27th.

Island Health confirmed the one death on Tuesday.

According to the health authority, Sunset Lodge is taking precautions to limit social visits and resident staff movement and they are continuing to use PPE including masks and eye protection.

Island Health will have additional presence at the site to take any further actions required during the outbreak.

Social visits are restricted unless essential. Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures continue and there is twice a day screening and expanded COVID-19 testing.

According to a release from the executive director on August 27th, 100 per cent of residents and 96 per cent of staff members have been fully vaccinated.

While rare, breakthrough cases in fully-vaccinated individuals are still occurring, especially among those aged 80 and up who first received their first COVID-19 vaccinations in January.

However COVID-19 cases are mostly affecting unvaccinated individuals.

From August 16th to 29th, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 80.2% of cases and 88.7% of hospitalizations.

As of this publication, 85.0% of all eligible adults in BC have received their first dose and 77.6% received their second dose.

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