Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Three patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak is limited to the High Intensity Rehab unit.
The first patient tested positive on April 12 after becoming symptomatic. Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing to protect the health of all patients, staff and medical staff. Follow-up testing identified two additional patient cases.
As part of the outbreak management strategy, all patients and staff on the unit will be tested for COVID-19.
Until further notice, no new admissions will be allowed to the High Intensity Rehab Unit, and staff working between other units is restricted. No patients from the unit will be transferred to long-term care or assisted living.
It is important to note that this outbreak is limited to the High Intensity Rehab Unit and no other areas of the hospital are currently affected. The hospital is still a safe place and people should not avoid seeking emergency care if they require it. All outpatient services and scheduled procedures will continue as normal.
Island Health has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in long-term care, acute care, assisted living and independent living facilities.
Communication with patients, families and staff is ongoing.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit: www.islandhealth.ca/covid19.