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

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

One additional case in a resident has been attributed to the outbreak, however it is no longer considered an active case. Sadly, there have been three additional resident deaths related to this outbreak. Island Health extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these individuals, and to the staff who continue to provide compassionate care through this difficult time. Out of respect for the privacy of these people and their families, we will not be sharing any further details.

In total, 15 staff and 21 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and there have been four resident deaths related to this outbreak.

A second round of COVID-19 testing for all staff and residents was recently completed. All other resident test results (more than 80) are negative. All staff results received to date are also negative.

Extensive control measures were put in place immediately when the outbreak was declared and Island Health’s COVID-19 Long-term Care Rapid Response team continues to have an on-site presence to support the site through this outbreak. Island Health’s Medical Health Officer is confident that appropriate and effective control measures are in place, and these are being reviewed with the facility on a regular basis. These include:

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

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.