Three additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the outbreak at Chartwell Malaspina Residence, a long-term care home in Nanaimo.
The three new cases are residents of the care home, bringing the total positive cases up to five.
All five residents who have tested positive for the virus are located on the same unit and it’s the only one in the facility currently affected by the outbreak. They are currently isolating in their own rooms and the unit has been isolated from the rest of the building.
These new cases were detected through mass-testing performed on Monday.
Island Health says all residents and staff who have worked or live at the Chartwell Malaspina Residence will be tested for COVID-19, beginning immediately.
The health authority is working with the long-term care home to identify anyone who may have been exposed.