More COVID-19 cases identified in Nanaimo hospital, care centre outbreaks

More COVID-19 cases identified in Nanaimo hospital, care centre outbreaks

New cases have been identified in ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in a unit of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and the Chartwell Malaspina Care Centre, according to Island Health.

Both outbreaks were identified earlier this week, one in the Transitional Care Unit at Nanaimo’s hospital and one in the Hummingbird Unit at Chartwell Malaspina.

Island Health said one additional case has been identified at the hospital, bringing the total number of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 to five.

An additional case has also been identifed at the care centre, bringing the total there to two staff members and two residents who have tested positive.

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Both outbreaks are limited to their respective units and Island Health is reassuring patients that the hospital “remains a safe place to seek care.”

“Contact tracing and testing continues and communication with staff and patients is ongoing,” Island Health said of the hospital outbreak.

Chartwell Malaspina Care Centre is also being supported by Island Health to protect the health of all residents and staff, and communication with staff, residents and their families remains ongoing.

Both the hospital and care centre are the only health care facilities experiencing active outbreaks in the Island Health region. There are currently a total of 40 active outbreaks in health care facilities across the province, according to the Ministry of Health.


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