An additional case of COVID-19 related to an outbreak at a long-term care home in Nanaimo has been identified.
Island Health says one additional resident at the Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the outbreak remains limited to one unit on the first floor of the facility.
“We received confirmation of this positive result on December 28. Communication with residents, families and staff is underway,” the health authority said in a media release issued on Monday evening.
“Island Health’s public health team is working with Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence staff to carry out contact tracing to determine how the virus was introduced into the facility and to minimize potential for spread.”
An outbreak of COVID-19 was declared at the long-term care facility — located at 100 Eleventh Street in Nanaimo — on Dec. 27 after one resident tested positive.
The health authority says the residents who tested positive have since been isolated to their rooms and their unit has also been isolated from the rest of the facility.
“Island Health is working with Chartwell Malaspina leadership and staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all residents and staff.”