Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Courtenay long-term care home

Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Courtenay long-term care home
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Island Health officials have declared a COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care home in Courtenay.

The Glacier View Lodge – located at 2450 Back Rd – has revealed that one staff has tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility.

Island Health notes that no residents are currently experiencing any symptoms at this time.

The staff member who tested positive is currently self-isolating at home, according to health officials, and the outbreak has been limited to two wings within the facility.

Island Health acknowledges that enhanced control measures have been put in place since the case was reported.

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“Island Health is working with Glacier View Lodge leadership and staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all residents and staff,” the health authority states.

Island Health says the following measures have been implemented at the site:

  • Admissions will be restricted while the outbreak is in effect.
  • Staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care.
  • Visitors are currently restricted throughout the facility to only essential visitors.
  • Staff and resident movement in the facility has been restricted.
  • Cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced.
  • Residents, families and staff are being notified.
  • Twice a day screening of all staff and residents.
  • COVID-19 testing will be done for staff and residents who worked with the affected staff member.

Island Health adds that during the outbreak, officials will have an additional presence at the long-term care home to take any further actions necessary while offering support to the facility.

With the reported case at Glacier View Lodge, there are now two active outbreaks in long-term care facilities on Vancouver Island. An outbreak was declared at Eden Gardens in Nanaimo back on Feb. 14.

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