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Island Health declares two COVID-19 outbreaks at Victoria and Nanaimo long-term care homes


Island Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at two long-term care homes, with one in Victoria and another in Nanaimo.

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

The Dufferin Place long-term care home in Nanaimo has had nine residents test positive.

The outbreak declaration is only for the Cedar unit at this time.

The Beacon Hill Villa long-term care home in Victoria has had three residents identified related to this outbreak.

The outbreak declaration is limited to the first floor of the home at this time.

The cases have been confirmed via PCR testing or follow up from Island Health’s case and contact management team.

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 Aberdeen Hospital long-term care home has been declared over.

On January 4th, the outbreak was declared in the Lansdowne Unit at Aberdeen Hospital long-term care home. In total, two staff member and three resident cases were attributed to this outbreak.

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

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