Vancouver Island’s health authority is reassuring people that it is safe to come to a hospital in Nanaimo dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19.
Island Health said in a post on social media Saturday afternoon that more than 100 people have been tested for COVID-19 following an outbreak at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and that all of the tests came back negative.
“Anyone considered a close contact now self-isolating,” Island Health said on Twitter.
The health authority also says it is safe for people to visit the facility for scheduled appointments because the outbreak is limited to a single unit inside the hospital and that there is “no risk” to other units.
A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at the hospital on Wednesday evening, after five staff members tested positive for the virus.
The emergency department at NRGH and other units within the hospital remain open, according to Island Health.
NRGH #COVID19 Outbreak: It is safe to come to NRGH for scheduled appointments at NRGH. Outbreak limited to one unit – no risk to other units. Anyone considered a close contact now self-isolating. Over 100 people related to outbreak tested – all negative. https://t.co/EgixJBajMe pic.twitter.com/Yb3J5n4YPk
— Island Health (@VanIslandHealth) November 14, 2020