Two more employees at a Victoria long-term care home dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus.
Island Heath announced Monday afternoon that two staff at the Sunset Lodge on Arm Street tested positive for COVID-19 following a round of testing that took place on Aug. 29.
“At this time, most residents are not experiencing symptoms and positive staff are isolating at home,” the health authority said in a media release.
The announcement brings the total number of people at the Sunset Lodge to test positive for the virus to 24 — 11 staff and 13 residents — since Island Health first declared an outbreak at the facility on Aug. 27. It also comes a day after 17 people were found to have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility.
Sunset Lodge, which is owned and operated by the Salvation Army, said in a statement on its website that 100 per cent of residents and 96 per cent of staff members have been fully vaccinated.
“The health and safety of our staff and residents is our number one priority and we are cooperating closely with [Island Health] and are proactively following all recommended measures,” said Sunset Lodge executive director, Suzanne Sadler.
Meanwhile, Island Health says it will continue to work with Sunset Lodge leadership and staff to respond to the outbreak.
Sunset Lodge is owned and operated by the Salvation Army.