Island Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital officially over on Dec. 31. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Island Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital officially over on Dec. 31. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital outbreak declared over

The outbreak claimed four lives

The COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital is officially over, Island Health confirmed Thursday.

The situation was first declared on Dec. 1 when five patients and one staff member tested positive for the virus. Since then, the total climbed to 22 people, four of whom died.

Throughout the month, Island Health said the infection was contained to the acute care areas of the hospital while other areas remained open. Admissions to acute care will now resume on a “gradual basis”, with staff continuing to complete wellness checks at the beginning of their shifts.

The outpatient labratory, which was temporarily moved to the Keating Cross Road lab location, will move back to the hospital in the coming weeks. Island Health has specified exactly when.

This was the first and only COVID-19 outbreak at a Greater Victoria hospital so far.

On Dec. 31, the province announced 683 new cases of COVID-19, 11 of which are in the Island Health region. Province-wide, 17, 510 have been vaccinated so far.

READ ALSO: B.C. finished 2020 with 683 more COVID-19 cases, eight deaths

READ ALSO: 2020 headlines: A timeline of COVID-19 in Greater Victoria and across the nation


 

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