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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Victoria Hart House long-term care

One staff member has tested positive

A COVID-19 outbreak has officially been declared at Hart House, a long-term care home in Victoria, Island Health announced Saturday (Jan. 9).

One staff member who works at the home has tested positive for the virus and Island Health says contact tracing is underway to identify anyone else who may have been exposed. The staff member is currently isolating at home.

At this time, none of the 17 residents are experiencing any symptoms, but the health authority has implemented a number of safety measures. Residents are now isolated to their suites and are no longer gathering for meals. They have also all been tested for the virus.

RELATED: Island Health records first long-term care COVID outbreak in Greater Victoria

Residents will be screened twice a day and staff will be screened twice per shift going forward. The home has also implemented enhanced cleaning, infection control measures and use of personal protection equipment.

Admissions, transfers and social visits have been stopped.

On Jan. 8, B.C. reported 617 more COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths. Of those, 27 new cases were in the Island Health region, the second-highest single-day total on record.

RELATED: Island Health’s daily COVID-19 case count reaches record high

RELATED: B.C. seniors worry more about death from loneliness than COVID-19


 

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