Another long-term care facility in Nanaimo is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.
According to Island Health’s website, there is a COVID-19 outbreak at Dufferin Place next to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The health authority says the outbreak has been active since Tuesday, Jan. 10 and is limited to the Cedar unit.
There are COVID outbreaks at nine long-term care homes on Vancouver Island, including Eden Gardens and Kiwanis Village Lodge in Nanaimo.
At Eden Gardens, four staff members and three residents tested positive for the virus. Island Health said the outbreak has been declared only in the facility’s second-floor Cypress unit.
At Kiwanis Village Lodge, three staff members and one resident tested positive for COVID and Island Health said the outbreak is limited to the first floor of the facility.
The health authority said no admissions or transfers are happening in affected units at the care homes, staff movements are being limited, enhanced cleaning and infection control measures are continuing, and enhanced screening for symptoms among staff members and residents is taking place.
Last week, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control released figures showing COVID-19 cases by local health area for 2021. Greater Victoria, the local health area on the Island with the largest population, had the most cases with 4,679 and Nanaimo was second with 3,096.