Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)

UPDATE: Another patient positive for COVID-19 in NRGH outbreak

Five patients have tested positive for virus at Nanaimo hospital

UPDATE: Island Health says there has been one additional COVID-19 case identified at NRGH’s transitional care unit. During follow-up testing when the outbreak was declared, one more patient in the unit tested positive for the virus.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s transitional care unit after four patients have tested positive for the virus.

Island Health declared the outbreak Tuesday, Nov. 2. The health authority said a patient tested positive on Sunday, Oct. 31, and follow-up testing identified three other cases among patients.

“Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing to protect the health of all patients, staff and medical staff,” the health authority noted in an information bulletin.

Island Health says the outbreak is limited to the transitional care unit and no other areas of the hospital are affected.

“The hospital is still a safe place and people should not avoid seeking emergency care if they require it,” the information bulletin noted.

Island Health data shows that there are 581 active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island including 386 on the central Island.

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