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

Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Victoria long-term care home
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Island Health officials have declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Sunset Lodge long-term care home in Victoria.

The Sunset Lodge – located at 952 Arm St – has revealed that three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility.

Island Health notes that no residents are currently experiencing any symptoms at this time and the risk remains low.

The three staff members who tested positive are currently self-isolating at home, according to health officials, and communication to residents, families and staff is currently underway.

Sunset Lodge is owned and operated by the Salvation Army and Island Health is working with management to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

The following measures have been proactively implemented at the site:

  • Admissions, transfers and social visits will be on hold while the outbreak is in effect;
  • Resident and staff movement will be limited;
  • Staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care;
  • Mask use is required for all staff;
  • Social visitors will be restricted but essential visits may occur;
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures continue;
  • Residents, families and staff are being notified;
  • Twice a day screening of all staff and residents continues;
  • COVID-19 testing will be done for staff and symptomatic residents.

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.

Island Health notes that it has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in long-term care, acute care, assisted living and independent living facilities.

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