Nanaimo hospital COVID-19 outbreak cases grow

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A COVID-19 outbreak in a Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) unit now stands at 15 people infected.

Thirteen patients and two staff members have tested positive since Island Health declared the outbreak on Nov. 1 after evidence of virus spread in the unit.

The most recent patient cases were not experiencing symptoms and were identified through testing of potential close contacts, Island Health said in a release.

The outbreak continues to be limited to the transitional care unit and Island Health said NRGH is still a safe place to seek care. People should not avoid seeking emergency care if they need it.

No new admissions will be allowed to the unit until further notice, according to Island Health. Visitation is limited to essential visitors for now. Island Health said it immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing.

Contact tracing and testing continues and communication with staff and patients is ongoing, according to Island Health.

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