Island Health finds additional case related to Nanaimo Hospital COVID-19 outbreak

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An additional COVID-19 case has been identified related to the outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General hospital (NRGH) on April 14, according to Island Health.

The case was identified through contact tracing and follow-up testing. Island Health said symptoms onset pre-dates the declaration of the outbreak in the High Intensity Rehab Unit at NRGH.

This additional case is not the result of new or ongoing transmission on the unit. In total, five patients have tested positive related to this outbreak,” reads an Island Health news release. “More than 80 other tests on patients and staff have been completed and all other results are negative.”

Until further notice, no new admissions will be allowed to the High Intensity Rehab Unit and staff movement between other units is restricted. No patients from the unit will be transferred to long-term care or assisted living.

The outbreak remains limited to the unit and no other areas of the hospital are currently affected. 

“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,” the release said.

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