Two residents die in ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at Esquimalt long-term care home

Two residents die in ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at Esquimalt long-term care home
Sunset Lodge care home in Equimalt, B.C. is shown Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.

Two more residents have died at Sunset Lodge, a long-term care home in Esquimalt, amid a COVID-19 outbreak that was declared in late August.

Island Health confirmed the latest deaths and said six people have died overall since the outbreak was first confirmed Aug. 27.

“We share our deepest condolences with the friends, family and care staff of these individuals. Out of respect for the privacy of these people and their families, we will not be sharing any further details,” the health authority said in a statement.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 detected since Island Health’s last update on Sept. 8. 

Thirty-six people, including 15 staff members and 21 residents, have tested positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak. The first death was announcecd by Island Health on Sept. 1

Officials have implemented control measures at Sunset Lodge and say they’re being reviewed on a regular basis.

Those measures include:

  • Limited resident and staff movement
  • Staffing levels maintained to provide resident care
  • Mask use and eye protection required for all staff
  • Social visitors are restricted but essential visits may occur
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures continue
  • Communication with residents, families and staff
  • Twice a day screening of all staff and residents continues
  • Expanded COVID-19 testing will be done

Sunset Lodge is owned and operated by the Salvation Army.


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