A COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital has spread to two more people, Island Health confirmed Wednesday.
The outbreak was declared at NRGH’s High Intensity Rehab Unit on April 14.
An additional patient and staff member have tested positive for the coronavirus, for a total of six patients and one staff member who have been infected during the outbreak.
“All other test results received to date related to this outbreak are negative,” Island Health said in a statement.
The outbreak has been limited to the rehab unit, with no other areas of the hospital affected.
“The hospital is still a safe place and people should not avoid seeking emergency care if they require it. All outpatient services and scheduled procedures continue as normal,” said Island Health.
Island Health said it immediately implemented enhanced cleaning and contact tracing protocols after the first case was detected “to protect the health of all patients, staff, medical staff and students.”
The last outbreak to occur at the hospital was in January, when two staff members and one patient tested positive for COVID-19.
That outbreak at NRGH was limited to the east wing of the fourth floor.