A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)

UPDATED: COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital

The outbreak at TGH is limited to the inpatient unit

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital.

An announcement posted to Island Health’s website on Tuesday, Oct. 12, states evidence of transmission has been identified at the hospital’s inpatient unit and four patients have tested positive for COVID-19 related to the outbreak.

On Oct. 15, Island Health’s outbreak response identified one additional patient case related to the COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital, bringing the total number of patients who have tested positive related to this outbreak to five.

“The outbreak at TGH is limited to the inpatient unit. The emergency department and the rest of the hospital remains open. There has been no impact to other areas of the hospital at this time,” the announcement states.

“Upon declaring the outbreak, Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing to protect the health of all patients, staff and medical staff. Communication with patients, families and staff is ongoing.”

It adds that comprehensive strategies are in place to respond to outbreaks at Island Health’s facilities.

“We would like to reassure the community that TGH remains open and ready to provide safe care. If you require emergency care, please do not hesitate to visit the emergency room immediately,” it reads.

More information can be found at www.islandhealth.ca/covid19.



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