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UPDATE: Additional case identified in outbreak at Nanaimo General Hospital

(Update: April 20, 2021): Island Health’s outbreak response has identified one additional patient case related to the COVID-19 outbreak declared on April 14 in the High Intensity Rehab Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

Symptom onset for the additional case pre-dates declaration of the outbreak and was confirmed through contact tracing and follow-up testing. This additional case is not the result of new or ongoing transmission on the unit. In total, five patients have tested positive related to this outbreak.

More than 80 other tests on patients and staff have been completed and all other results are negative.

Until further notice, no new admissions will be allowed to the High Intensity Rehab Unit, and staff movement between other units is restricted. No patients from the unit will be transferred to long-term care or assisted living.

The outbreak remains limited to the High Intensity Rehab Unit and no other areas of the hospital are currently affected. The hospital is still a safe place and people should not avoid seeking emergency care if they require it. All outpatient services and scheduled procedures will continue as normal.

(Original story: April 15, 2021): Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

Three patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak is limited to the High Intensity Rehab unit.

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The first patient tested positive on April 12 after becoming symptomatic. Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing to protect the health of all patients, staff, medical staff and students. Follow-up testing identified two additional patient cases.

As part of the outbreak management strategy, all patients and staff on the affected unit will be tested for COVID-19.

Until further notice, no new admissions will be allowed to the High Intensity Rehab Unit, and staff movement between other units is restricted. No patients from the unit will be transferred to long-term care or assisted living.

The outbreak is limited to the High Intensity Rehab Unit, and no other areas of the hospital are currently affected.

"The hospital is still a safe place and people should not avoid seeking emergency care if they require it," said Island Health. "All outpatient services and scheduled procedures will continue as normal."



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