Cambridge Memorial Hospital declares an end to the MED A, staff-only COVID-19 outbreak

Friday, December 25, 2020


Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH), in consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health, has declared an end to the outbreak on MED A Medicine Unit. A total of three staff became symptomatic and were tested positive with COVID-19. No new infections have occurred over the past 14 days.

The outbreak was declared on December 11, six (6) days after the unit was put on a “watch status.” This allowed CMH staff to quickly implement measures to control the spread of infection and begin enhanced surveillance.

On December 12, CMH’s first COVID-19 outbreak in the Medicine C unit was declared over, one month after it was declared on November 13. That outbreak infected seven patients, two staff and one visitor.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include (source:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • feeling very unwell

Children tend to have abdominal symptoms and skin changes or rashes. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.This virus can be spread to others from someone who is infected but not showing signs.



About Cambridge Memorial Hospital

Cambridge Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital with over 1,100 dedicated and skilled health care professionals, technicians and staff, 280 physicians and 400 volunteers  providing exceptional care to the residents of Cambridge, the township of North Dumfries and the Region of Waterloo. For more information, visit