Island Health says it has identified an additional case of COVID-19 related to an outbreak declared at a long-term care home in Port Alberni last week.
Island Health says this is the third case, and is the second resident of the Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens to come down with the virus.
The outbreak was declared at the facility Nov. 16 and Island Health says this latest case was deemed to be a close contact to the initial staff case.
The first resident of the facility to test positive for COVID-19 was announced by the health authority last Wednesday, who was also a close contact of the initial staff case.
Island Health received confirmation of the latest positive test result Nov. 25 and says the resident is not currently experiencing symptoms, and don’t suspect it is indicative of widespread transmission within the facility.
All residents and staff who work at the site received a second COVID-19 test earlier this week, and no additional cases have been identified.
Communication with residents and families is underway, according to Island Health.
“During this time, Island Health will continue to have additional presence at the site to take any further actions required, support the facility and answer questions from staff, residents and family members,” Island Health said in a media release.