Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Victoria General Hospital late Friday.

The outbreak was declared in two rooms of the general medicine unit on 4B after two patients tested positive for COVID.

In a statement, Island Health said the outbreak is limited to the two rooms, as it is believed to be where transmission occurred.

Since the first positive case, Island Health said they immediately implemented precautions, including isolation, enhanced cleaning, and contact tracing.

Follow-up testing identified one additional patient case.

Visitation to the affected rooms will be limited to essential visits only at this time.

“It is important to note that this outbreak is limited to two rooms on the general medicine unit on 4B and no other areas of the hospital are currently affected,” read the release.

“The hospital is still a safe place and people should not avoid seeking emergency care if they require it. All outpatient services and scheduled procedures will continue as normal.”

Communication with patients, families and staff is ongoing.

On Friday, the BC Ministry of Health reported 3,795 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

As of this publication, there are currently 20,811 active cases of COVID-19 in BC.

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