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UPDATE: One more COVID-19 case found at Nanaimo’s Eden Gardens, this time a resident

Island Health issues update after announcement of outbreak earlier this weekend

UPDATE: A resident at Eden Gardens long-term care home has tested positive for COVID-19.

Island Health advised Sunday that a staff member at the dementia care facility was COVID-19 positive and that an outbreak had been declared at the care home, and on Monday the health authority said an elderly resident tested positive for the virus.

The new case is someone who was identified as a contact of the staff member.

All 127 senior residents and 246 staff members who work at Eden Gardens will be tested, says Island Health.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Staff members at two seniors’ care homes in Nanaimo have tested positive for COVID-19, and so Island Health has declared outbreaks at both facilities.

Island Health declared COVID-19 outbreaks Sunday night at Wexford Creek and Eden Gardens long-term care homes. One staff member tested positive for COVID-19 at each site, says the health authority, and no residents are experiencing symptoms.

Wexford Creek’s outbreak is limited to one floor within the facility. Admissions, transfers and visitation to the entire site have been stopped.

The outbreak at Eden Gardens is limited to staff and seniors who participated in activities on specific days. No new residents are being admitted at the moment and transfers and visits to the site have stopped.

“Enhanced control measures have been put in place at both sites,” noted Island Health, adding that it is working with Wexford Creek and Eden Gardens leadership and staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus “and is taking steps to protect the health of all residents and staff.”

Island Health says staff and resident movement in the facilities has been restricted and cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced.

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