Three new health care COVID outbreaks in Island Health; four declared over

Three new health care COVID outbreaks in Island Health; four declared over
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Island Health has announced three new health care facility COVID outbreaks in the region, and declared four outbreaks over.

The new outbreaks are in Victoria and Salt Spring Island.

On Salt Spring, Greenwoods long-term care home has an outbreak where 17 residents and five staff have tested positive.

In Victoria, The Heights at Mt. View long-term care home has had six residents identified in the outbreak, which is contained to the west wing on the sixth floor.

Berwick House Gordon Head long-term care home, also in Victoria, has an outbreak with four residents who have tested positive. This outbreak is limited to the Brio unit.

In health care facilities with active outbreaks, the following measures are implemented:

  • Essential visits and single designated visitor visits will continue;
  • No congregate dining or group activities;
  • Staff movement will be limited wherever possible;
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures will continue;
  • Residents, families and staff are being notified;
  • Enhanced screening of all staff and patients for symptoms.

Outbreaks in Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, and Sidney have now been declared over.

Veterans Memorial Lodge long-term care home in Victoria had 49 residents and 15 staff test positive as a result of the outbreak.

Wexford Creek long-term care home in Nanaimo had 41 residents and four staff attributed to the outbreak.

At Glacier View Lodge long-term care home in Courtenay there were 22 residents and six staff who tested positive.

And nine residents and four staff tested positive at Sidney All Care long-term care home.

These four sites have now had the additional outbreak protocols lifted.

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