COVID-19 Outbreak declared in Medicine B

Monday, March 20, 2023

In consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health, a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in the Medicine B Inpatient Unit (Med B) in Wing C, level 4 of Cambridge Memorial Hospital. A hospital outbreak is declared when two or more patients and/or staff test positive for COVID (respiratory illness) that was acquired in hospital within a timeframe that is consistent with the epidemiology of the disease, and when there could be a link between the cases.

At this time, the outbreak is limited to two patients.

Staff working in the outbreak unit are required to have a negative rapid antigen test daily before work. This includes staff that have worked on MED B since the outbreak has been declared and are scheduled in another unit. Preceptors students will remain, however, other students will be placed elsewhere in hospital for the duration of the outbreak. These precautions have also been added to enhance safety:

  • Enhanced surveillance by swabbing and testing non-infected patients every three days
  • Enhanced cleaning, especially to high touch areas.
  • Visitors are restricted to the unit except for case-by-case situations. Virtual visits and phone connections for patients and families can be arranged.

The outbreak may be declared over on March 27 if no new cases arise.