B.C. health officials have declared the outbreak at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo over.
The news came in a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in B.C.’s daily COVID-19 update on case numbers.
The outbreak at the facility was declared at the end of last year after the first resident tested positive for the virus on December 27.
Over the course of the outbreak, seven cases of COVID-19 were detected in residents and two cases in staff members.
Additionally, there were two confirmed deaths at Chartwell Malaspina linked to the outbreak.
“The entire team at the home, as well as the Island Health team members who supported the site during the outbreak, should be applauded for their diligence in continuing to provide excellent care while maintaining outbreak precautions for more than five weeks,” reads a statement from Island Health.
“These were challenging circumstances and all involved are to be commended for their professionalism and compassion.”
Island Health says that social visits have resumed as of February 4, as well as admissions and transfers.
Congregate dining will also resume as well now that the outbreak has been declared over.
In addition to the outbreak at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence, Island Health has declared the one at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital over as well.
The outbreak at NRGH was declared in the east wing of the fourth floor on January 23.
In total, two staff members and one patient tested positive related to this outbreak. No other areas of the hospital were affected by this outbreak.
With the outbreak declared over, normal operations will resume on the unit.