CMH restricting visitors to its Rehabilitation Unit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cambridge Memorial Hospital restricting visitors to its Rehabilitation Unit due to enteric outbreak.

For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2014

Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) in consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health has declared an enteric outbreak (i.e., norovirus) to its Rehabilitation Unit, located in B Wing, Level 3. As a result of this outbreak, visitor restrictions of one visitor, per patient at a time is in effect and will continue until there are no new cases for five days.

All potential visitors with symptoms of a cold, flu or a stomach virus are advised to stay home and not enter the hospital until they are free of symptoms for two days. This will help reduce the chance of passing an infection to seriously-ill patients.

CMH is taking extra precautions to keep the illness from spreading. These include:

  • Isolating patients with symptoms and postponing group activities;
  • Dedicating staff to its Rehabilitation Unit;
  • Sending affected staff members home until they are symptom free for 48 hours;
  • Doing extra cleaning throughout the unit and the hospital, especially at common touch areas like hand rails and door knobs.

CMH was in outbreak with enteric illness on March 18 in its 5B Medicine and 3B Medicine units. These outbreaks were declared over on Friday, April 4.
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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 www.cmh.org.

For media inquiries contact:
Stephan Beckhoff, MA
Public Affairs and Communications
Cambridge Memorial Hospital
519-621-2333, ext. 2427
sbeckhoff@cmh.org