Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo long-term care home


Island Health has declared the end of a long-term care outbreak, while also declaring two new outbreaks in homes in Nanaimo and Victoria.

The health authority says nine residents have tested positive for the virus at the Dufferin Place long-term care home. The outbreak declaration is only for the Cedar unit.

Dufferin Place is owned and operated by Island Health.

Beacon Hill Villa Long Term Care Home in Victoria

Three residents of the Beacon Villa long-term care home in Victoria have also tested positive. This outbreak declaration is limited to the first floor of the house.

Beacon Hill Villa is owned and operated by West Coast Seniors Housing Management.

In a press release, Island Health says the reported case numbers are cases that have been confirmed by PCR testing or by follow-up by the Island Health case and contact management team.

The following epidemic response protocols have been implemented at the sites:

  • No admission or transfer to affected units;
  • Essential visits can continue to epidemic units and sites;
  • Staff movements will be limited as far as possible;
  • No communal meals or group activities for residents of affected units;
  • Improved cleaning and infection control measures will continue;
  • Residents, families and staff are notified;
  • Improved screening of all staff and residents for symptoms;
  • COVID-19 tests determined by the medical officer of health and infection prevention and control.

Meanwhile, the outbreak at the long-term care home at Aberdeen Hospital in Victoria has been declared over.

A total of two staff cases and three resident cases have been attributed to this outbreak.

The Aberdeen Hospital Long Term Care Home is owned and operated by Island Health.

The epidemic response protocols are in the process of being finalized on the site.