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COVID outbreaks at 5 long-term care homes

Wednesday January 5, 2022 | VICTORIA, BC [Update at 3 pm: Brief COVID update Jan 5: 566 new cases in Island Health (14.9% of 3,798 new in BC today), with 3,631 total active cases on the island. No new deaths in BC in the past 24 hours.] [Update January 15, 2022: Outbreaks declared over at Kiwanis Village and Eden Gardens.] [Update January 18, 2022: Outbreak declared over at Selkirk Seniors Village long-term care.]

by Mary P Brooke, B.Sc. | Island Social Trends


As the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in communities and workplaces, today Island Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at five long-term care homes.

Three of the impacted facilities are in Victoria, and two are in Nanaimo. Only one is operated directly by Island Health. The other four are operated by private ventures or Societies.

Three long-term care homes in Victoria:

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Aberdeen Hospital in Victoria.

Aberdeen Hospital long-term care home in Victoria

  • Two staff members and three residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak declaration is only for the Lansdowne Unit at this time.
  • Aberdeen Hospital long-term care home is owned and operated by Island Health.
  • Location: 1450 Hillside Ave

Glenwarren Lodge long-term care home in Victoria

  • Seven staff members and five residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak declaration is only for the first floor of the facility at this time.
  • Glenwarren Lodge is owned and operated by Revera.
  • Location: 1230 Balmoral Rd

Selkirk Seniors Village long-term care home in Victoria

  • Six staff members and one resident have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak declaration is only for the third floor at this time.
  • Selkirk Seniors Village is owned and operated by West Coast Seniors Housing Management.
  • Location: 385 Waterfront Cres.
  • This outbreak was declared over on January 18, 2022 (one resident case was attributed, limited to the 3rd floor).

Two long-term care homes in Nanaimo:

Kiwanis Village Lodge long-term care home in Nanaimo

  • Three staff members and one resident have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak declaration is only for the first floor at this time.
  • Kiwanis Village Lodge is owned and operated by Nanaimo District Senior Citizens Housing Development Society.
  • Location: 1233 Kiwanis Cres.
  • Update January 15, 2022: Island Health has declared this outbreak over. In total, one resident case was attributed to this outbreak, which remained limited to the first floor.

Eden Gardens long-term care home in Nanaimo

  • Three staff members and one resident have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak declaration is only for the Cypress Unit (second floor) at this time.
  • Eden Gardens is owned and operated by the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society.
  • Location: 1917 Northfield Rd
  • Update January 15, 2022: Island Health has declared this outbreak over. In total, four resident cases were attributed to this outbreak, which remained limited to the Cypress Unit.
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Outbreak response protocols:

In general, the following outbreak response protocols have been implemented at the sites:

  • No admissions or transfers to affected units;
  • Staff movement will be limited wherever possible;
  • No congregate dining or group activities for residents of affected units;
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures will continue;
  • Residents, families and staff are being notified;
  • Enhanced screening of all staff and residents for symptoms;
  • COVID-19 testing as determined by the Medical Health Officer and Infection Prevention and Control.

During this time, Island Health will support the sites to take any further actions required and answer questions from staff, residents and family members.

Island Health has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in long-term care, acute care, assisted living and licensed care facilities. For more information about COVID-19, see www.islandhealth.ca/covid19

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