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Island Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at two long-term care homes, with one in  the Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s long-term care unit and another in Ladysmith.

According to an Island Health release on Tuesday, the following long-term care homes have been affected:

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital long-term care unit has had two staff members and three residents test positive.

The outbreak declaration is limited to the extended care units and Saanich Peninsula Hospital is not affected.

Oyster Harbour long-term care home in Ladysmith has had two resident cases and one staff case. The outbreak declaration is limited to the Sea Haven unit at this time.

The following outbreak response protocols have been implemented at the sites:

  • No admissions or transfers to affected units;
  • Staff movement will be limited wherever possible;
  • No congregate dining or group activities for residents of affected units;
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures will continue;
  •  Residents, families and staff are being notified;
  • Enhanced screening of all staff and residents for symptoms;
  • COVID-19 testing as determined by the Medical Health Officer and Infection Prevention and Control.

In addition to the new outbreaks, Island Health said the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital has been declared over.

On December 31st, the outbreak was declared in two rooms on the general medicine unit on 4B at VGH. In total, two patient cases were attributed to this outbreak.

There are currently nine COVID-19 outbreaks in total on Vancouver Island.

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