Update to outbreak on Transitional Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Island Health’s outbreak response has identified two additional cases of COVID-19 related to the outbreak declared on the Transitional Care Unit at NRGH.

Since the last update on November 9, one patient case and one staff case have been identified through follow-up testing. In total, 14 patients and three staff members have tested positive related to this outbreak.

All other test results received to date have been negative and there are currently no pending results.

The outbreak continues to be limited to the Transitional Care Unit and NRGH remains a safe place to seek care. People should not avoid seeking emergency care if they need it.

The outbreak on the Transitional Care Unit at NRGH was declared on November 1 after evidence of transmission within the unit. Contact tracing and testing continues and communication with staff and patients is ongoing.

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