Norovirus outbreak at Victoria’s Selkirk Lodge comes to an end

Vancouver Island Health Authority says nine people who died during outbreak were receiving "end-of-life" care

An outbreak of norovirus at the Selkirk Lodge seniors care facility off Gorge Road has been declared over.

Vancouver Island Health Authority medical health officer Dr. Dee Hoyano said in a statement Wednesday that the assisted living facility has returned to normal operations, after nearly a month of following outbreak control measures.

“Although we could not determine exactly how norovirus was introduced into the facility, we did receive information that a food handler was among some of the staff who were ill at the beginning of the outbreak,” Hoyano said. “This is an important reminder of how easily norovirus can be spread by ill workers and food handlers.”

The outbreak hit July 11 and affected more than 100 people and 50 staff. During a roughly three-week time period following the spread of the virus, nine elderly patients died, a higher than usual number for this time of the year. The deaths were not directly attributed to norovirus, a flu-like illness, but Hoyano confirmed all of the patients were receiving “end-of-life care.”

In an attempt to control the spread of the virus, Selkirk staff brought meals to sick patients isolated in their rooms, limited visitors and did additional cleaning.

ddescoteau@vicnews.com

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Thousands raised for cancer at second annual Gala for Hope

Victoria Fire Department’s fundraiser a success ahead of Ride to Conquer Cancer

Crews respond to near drowning at Thetis Lake

Man taken to hospital after calls come in of drowning in progress

Vet services for Victoria’s pets of the homeless cancelled for first time in a decade

Vets for Pets faces a volunteer shortage that’s forced the group to cancel its recent service

Wooldog among mysteries uncovered with powerful UVic microscope

Finding ‘Mutton,’ a dog lost in a Smithsonian drawer for 150 years

Optometrist pedals through depression, leads others for the cause

Ride Don’t Hide bike rides start, end at Windsor Park

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read