Two additional COVID-19 cases linked to Saanich Peninsula Hospital outbreak

Two additional COVID-19 cases linked to Saanich Peninsula Hospital outbreak
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The Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Island Health confirms two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 related to the ongoing outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

In a news bulletin on Friday, Island Health says one of the new cases is a patient, and the other is a staff member.

This brings the total of cases related to this outbreak to 22 — 11 staff members and 11 patients.

There have been three deaths connected to the outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

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Island Health says there have been no new sources of transmission identified since the outbreak was declared on December 1.

The health authority says testing continues to confirm that the outbreak is limited to acute care areas of the hospital. Patients in the acute care areas continue to be closely monitored for symptoms and patient and staff testing continues.

Acute admissions at the hospital are closed, but the emergency department is open and prepared to provide safe care.

“It is important to note that other outpatient services, including medical imaging and day surgery, are open and we want people to know that is it safe to access these services,” said Island Health.

Even with the outbreak, the Island seems to have curbed its overall cases, announcing four new cases in Thursday’s briefing.

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