Island Health reports COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo hospital

Five staff members on one NRGH unit have tested positive

NRGH. (File photo)

NRGH. (File photo)

Island Health says there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

The health authority’s COVID-19 information page advises that the outbreak happened in the hospital’s transitional care unit.

In a press release, Island Health says five staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 to date. At this time, the outbreak is limited to one unit, currently closed to admissions and visitors.

Upon declaring the outbreak, Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff and patients. The authority said it has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in all acute and long-term care facilities.

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All patients on the unit have been informed and all patients are being tested. In addition, Island Health is in the process of informing families of patients who are unable to share information of the outbreak.

The emergency department at NRGH remains open and there has been no impact to other areas of the hospital, at this time.

Public health officials did not provide updated case counts Wednesday, but on Tuesday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island. Island Health said there were 41 active cases in the health authority with 12 of those cases on the central Island.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19.



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