COVID outbreak declared at Victoria long-term care home

COVID outbreak declared at Victoria long-term care home

A long-term care facility in Victoria is dealing with an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Island Health announced Wednesday that it has declared an outbreak at two houses at Mount St. Mary long-term care facility in Victoria after one resident and a staff member recently tested positive for the virus.

The health authority says it is working with officials at Mount St. Mary to identify anyone who may have been exposed and has introduced enhanced safety measures at the facility, such as restricted visitations and movement within the facility as well as additional cleaning.

“During this time, Island Health will have additional presence at the site to take any further actions required, support the facility and answer questions from staff, residents and family members,” the health authority said in a statement.

Mount St. Mary, a not-for-profit long-term care home owned and operated by the Marie Esther Society, is located on Fairfield Road in Victoria.

According to a letter posted on the facility’s website on April 18, one resident in Burdett House tested positive for the virus and that Island Health believes the infection was community-acquired.

“One resident in Burdett House has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Island Health believes this case of COVID-19 was acquired in the community and that there is a low risk of transmission to other residents and staff. As a result, residents living in this House are being tested for COVID-19,” said the society’s chief executive officer, Sara John Fowler.

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