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 members have tested positive. The new cases were detected through testing performed on August 30. Sadly, Island Health has confirmed one resident death related to this outbreak. Island Health extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual, and to the staff who continue to provide compassionate care through this difficult time. Out of respect for the privacy of this person and their family, we will not be sharing any further details.

In total, 13 staff and 13 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 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 is limited
  • Staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care
  • Mask use and eye protection 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
  • Expanded COVID-19 testing will be done

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.

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.