(Nanaimo Regional General Hospital)

Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

The health authority confirmed that four patients of the Transitional Care Unit have tested positive for the virus.

The outbreak at the hospital has been limited to the Transitional Care Unit.

The first person tested positive on October 31st after displaying symptoms.

Following the positive case, Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing.

“Until further notice, no new admissions will be allowed to the Transitional Care Unit,  and movement in and out of the unit will be monitored and restricted,” Island Health said.

Out of an abundance of caution, visitation on the unit will be limited to essential visits only at this time.

Island Health said that going to NGRH for any emergencies is safe.

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