An ongoing coronavirus outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital has turned fatal.
Three people have died after becoming infected with COVID-19 following an outbreak at the NRGH’s Transitional Care Unit, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health told CHEK News in an e-mailed statement Tuesday.
It’s unclear when the three deaths occurred, as the ministry did not elaborate further.
A total of 14 patients and three staff members have tested positive for the virus since Island Health first declared an outbreak at the hospital’s unit back on Nov. 1.
Among those patients who became infected with COVID-19 was a triple-vaccinated elderly woman, whose family told CHEK News earlier this month that visitors were not asked to show proof of vaccination status prior to entering the transition unit.
Island Health now requires proof of vaccination status prior to entering certain sections of a hospital, including the transitional care unit.