Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Sunset Lodge long-term care home in Victoria

Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Sunset Lodge long-term care home in Victoria. Three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the site. At this time, no residents are experiencing symptoms and the risk remains low. Communication with residents, families and staff is underway. The three staff members are self-isolating at home.

Sunset Lodge is owned and operated by the Salvation Army. Island Health is working with Sunset Lodge leadership and staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all residents and staff.

The following measures have been proactively implemented at the site:

  • Admissions, transfers and social visits will be on hold while the outbreak is in effect;
  • Resident and staff movement will be limited;
  • Staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care;
  • Mask use is required for all staff; 
  • Social visitors will be restricted but essential visits may occur;
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures continue;
  • Residents, families and staff are being notified;
  • Twice a day screening of all staff and residents continues;
  • COVID-19 testing will be done for staff and symptomatic residents.

During this time, Island Health will have additional presence at the site to take any further actions required, support the facility and answer questions from staff, residents and family members.

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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