Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital (SPH) after evidence of transmission in acute care areas.
One staff member and five patients have tested positive for COVID-19 to date. Outpatient services including lab and medical imaging will continue and the emergency department remains open. Visitors will be limited at this time.
Upon declaring the outbreak, Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff and patients.
Island Health has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in all acute and long-term care facilities. Dedicated COVID-19 units are established at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital to safely care for patients with COVID-19.
All staff and admitted patients are being tested. In addition, Island Health is in the process of contacting families of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit: www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19.