Island Health declares three long-term care home outbreaks

Island Health declares three long-term care home outbreaks
Island Health

Two long-term care homes in Victoria and one in Port Alberni have had outbreaks of COVID-19 declared by Island Health.

Fir Park Village long-term care home in Port Alberni has identified three residents positive with the virus. The outbreak is limited to the Blue and Yellow units at this time.

In Victoria, The Summit long-term care home and Parkwood Court long-term care home have had outbreaks declared.

The Summit has four residents who have tested positive, with the outbreak limited to the Eagle unit.

Parkwood Court has four residents who have tested positive. The outbreak is limited to the first and second floor.

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The outbreak at Dufferin Place in Nanaimo, which was declared on Jan. 13, has expanded to the entire site.

Island Health says there are now 27 residents who have tested positive at this facility.

The health authority says residents are being closely monitored and are generally experiencing mild symptoms at this time.

The units with an active COVID-19 outbreak have the following additional protocols:

  • No admissions or transfers to affected units;
  • Essential visits can continue in outbreak units and sites;
  • Staff movement will be limited wherever possible;
  • No congregate dining or group activities for residents of affected units;
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures will continue;
  • Residents, families and staff are being notified;
  • Enhanced screening of all staff and residents for symptoms;
  • COVID-19 testing as determined by the Medical Health Officer and Infection Prevention and Control.

There are currently 22 active healthcare outbreaks in Island Health, according to the Ministry of Health.

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