Update to COVID-19 outbreak at Sunset Lodge long-term care home in Victoria

Island Health’s outbreak response has identified two additional cases of COVID-19 related to the outbreak declared at Sunset Lodge long-term care home on August 27.

Two additional staff people have tested positive. The new cases were detected through testing performed yesterday. In total, five staff have tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, no residents are experiencing symptoms and the risk remains low. Communication with residents, families and staff is ongoing.

The following steps are underway as part of the outbreak response:

  • 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.

Sunset Lodge is owned and operated by the Salvation Army. Island Health will continue to work with leadership and staff to respond to the outbreak and protect the health of all residents and staff.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit: www.islandhealth.ca/covid19.