There’s now a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Campbell River.

Berwick Retirement Communities says one of their residents has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  That person has been self-isolating in their room at Berwick by the Sea since Tuesday.

Sales and Marketing Director Lesley Sikorski says it’s “working with Island Health to take the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of all residents and staff, as well as those in the broader community.”

Island Health has confirmed that those who came close to the individual have been notified and all necessary steps are being taken.

If you have not been contacted by Public Health, you are not considered at risk of exposure to this individual.

“All of Berwick’s leadership teams are working hard to closely monitor the situation at Berwick by the Sea,” Sikorski says. “All Berwick communities have been diligently preparing for this situation and outbreak protocols have been in place since last week out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff.” 

She says steps are being taken to ensure the virus is contained.

“Berwick Retirement Communities is working rigorously around the clock with Island Health to control and contain the virus. Berwick is also communicating daily with the Communicable Disease Nurse.”

As all staff within the Berwick by the Sea community support outbreak procedures, the best way to receive a response regarding the confirmed case is to send an email to bcr.outbreak@berwickrc.com.

“This also serves as a reminder that COVID-19 is a concern that is not isolated to one region or city on Vancouver Island and it is imperative for everyone to follow the Provincial Health Officer’s directives around physical distancing, hygiene and self-isolating if you have symptoms,” Sikorski adds.