Island Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at five long-term care homes, including two in Nanaimo.
Three staff members and one resident have tested positive for COVID-19 at Kiwanis Village Lodge long-term care home in Nanaimo. So far the outbreak is limited to the first floor, according to Island Health.
Three staff members and one resident have tested positive at Eden Gardens long-term care home, also located in Nanaimo. The outbreak declaration is for the Cypress Unit (second floor) only, Island Health said.
Outbreaks were also declared at Aberdeen Hospital long-term care home, Glenwarren Lodge long-term care home and Selkirk Seniors Village long-term care home in Victoria.
Island Health said it implemented the following protocols at the affected facilities:
-No admissions or transfers to affected units;
-Staff movement will be limited wherever possible;
-No congregate dining or group activities for residents of affected units;
-Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures will continue;
-Residents, families and staff are being notified;
-Enhanced screening of all staff and residents for symptoms;
-COVID-19 testing as determined by the Medical Health Officer.