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COVID outbreak declared at Victoria General Hospital

Island Health said Friday the outbreak is limited to two rooms and two paitents have tested positive

Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Victoria General Hospital.

The outbreak was declared in two rooms of the general medicine unit on 4B, according to a Friday evening news release, after two patients tested positive for COVID. The outbreak is limited to the two rooms, as it is believed to be where transmission occurred.

Since the first patient tested positive, Island Health said it “immediately implemented precautions,” including isolation, enhanced cleaning and contact tracing in order to protect all patients and staff. The second patient case was identified by follow-up testing.

Visitation to the affected rooms will be limited to essential visits only at this time.

“It is important to note that this outbreak is limited to two rooms on the general medicine unit on 4B and no other areas of the hospital are currently affected,” read the release. “The hospital is still a safe place and people should not avoid seeking emergency care if they require it. All outpatient services and scheduled procedures will continue as normal.”

Communication with patients, families and staff is ongoing.

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