Independent living facility in Oak Bay confirms ‘several’ residents have tested positive for COVID-19

Independent living facility in Oak Bay confirms 'several' residents have tested positive for COVID-19
The exterior of Shannon Oaks, an independent living facility in Oak Bay.

An independent living facility in Oak Bay has implemented new protective measures after experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 over the weekend.

Shannon Oaks — located at 2000-Goldsmith Street in Oak Bay — has revealed that there have been “several” resident incidents of positive COVID-19 cases at the facility.

As a result, the independent living facility is requiring that all residents remain in their suite if they feel ill while calling the front desk to report any symptoms.

Shannon Oaks says that all meals for residents will be delivered to the suites themselves and the dining room will be closed until further notice.

Any residents who are not having to isolate and have not tested positive are still allowed to leave the facility, however, Shannon Oaks says that residents should stay in their suite if they are not leaving to go outside.

Housekeeping services will be temporarily paused as well, adds Shannon Oaks.

All common areas have been closed as a result of the outbreak and all activities have been cancelled until further notice.

Shannon Oaks clarifies that caregivers who assist with bathing, wound dressing or giving medication will be permitted to visit a resident in their suite.

Elsewhere, a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Victoria General Hospital in two rooms of the general medicine unit on the fourth floor.

The health authority says in a statement that two patients have tested positive.

Once the first patient was identified as a positive case, Island Health implemented isolation, enhanced cleaning, and contact tracing precautions, then identified the second case through follow-up testing.

Late last week, British Columbia’s health officials also announced that visits to long-term care facilities would be restricted to essential visitors only amid the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.


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