Two new long-term care outbreaks in Island Health; one declared over

Two new long-term care outbreaks in Island Health; one declared over
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Island Health is declaring two new long-term care COVID-19 outbreaks, one in Victoria and the other in Nanaimo.

Dufferin Place long-term care home in Nanaimo, which is operated by Island Health, has confirmed nine cases in residents of the facility.

The outbreak is only affecting the Cedar unit of this facility.

In Victoria, Beacon Hill Villa long-term care home has an outbreak affecting the first floor of the facility. Three residents have tested positive in this outbreak.

Beacon Hill Villa is operated by West Coast Seniors Housing Management.

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Due to the outbreaks, these facilities will be placed under outbreak management protocols, which include:

  • No admissions or transfers to affected units;
  • Essential visits can continue in outbreak units and sites;
  • Staff movement will be limited wherever possible;
  • No congregate dining or group activities for residents of affected units;
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures will continue;
  • Residents, families and staff are being notified;
  • Enhanced screening of all staff and residents for symptoms;
  • COVID-19 testing as determined by the Medical Health Officer and Infection Prevention and Control.

The outbreak at Aberdeen Hospital long-term care home in Victoria has been declared over.

This outbreak was declared on Jan. 4, and in total, two staff cases and three resident cases were identified.

The outbreak response at this facility will be ended.

Including the outbreaks at Beacon Hill Villa and Dufferin Place, there are currently 10 active long-term care outbreaks in Island Health.

Laura BroughamLaura Brougham

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