Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak over at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Island Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at Saanich Peninsula Hospital (SPH).

Upon declaring the outbreak, Island Health immediately implemented additional precautions, including enhanced cleaning, as well as contact tracing and testing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff, and patients.

With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to respond to COVID-19 in acute sites, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases related to this outbreak.

Island Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the acute care areas of SPH on December 1. In total, 11 patient cases, 11 staff cases, and four deaths were identified related to this outbreak.

To the family, friends, and community of the four individuals who passed away, please know that the Island Health family continues to grieve with you during this difficult time.
Island Health would like to acknowledge the hard work, professionalism and resilience of the entire team at SPH, and those involved in the outbreak response. The staff and medical staff continued to provide excellent care through an extremely challenging situation. We would also like to thank the community for its continued support.

With the outbreak declared over, the following will occur at SPH:

  • Continued vigilance around cleaning, use of personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, and physical distancing whenever possible;
  • Staff wellness checks will continue to occur at the beginning of shifts;
  • Admissions to the acute care areas of SPH will resume on a gradual basis;
  • The outpatient laboratory, which was temporarily moved to the Keating Cross Road lab location, will move back to SPH in the weeks ahead. We will share this information as plans are finalized.

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.
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