COVID-19 Outbreak declared in the Medicine B Unit

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Updated November 10 - the outbreak may be declared over on Nov. 15 if no new cases arise. 

In consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health, a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in the Medicine B Unit (Wing C, level 4). A hospital outbreak is declared when two or more patients and/or staff test positive for an infectious illness that was acquired in hospital within a timeframe that is consistent with the epidemiology of the disease, and when there is a link between the cases. The number of outbreaks is increasing in hospital, congregate and long-term care settings. Visit the Region of Waterloo Public Health site to see all declared COVID outbreaks within the region.

CMH's Medicine B outbreak is limited to two patients and one staff (n=3) at this time.

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 Medicine B since the outbreak has been declared and are scheduled in another unit. All staff should review the current guidelines on what to do if symptomatic of COVID.

The following precautions have been added to enhance safety:  

  • Masks to be used by staff at all times while in the unit; face shields to be worn within two meters of patients. 
  • All patients will be placed in airborne/droplet/contact precautions Enhanced surveillance by swabbing and testing non-infected patients every three days until the outbreak is declared over. 
  • Enhanced cleaning, especially to high touch areas. 
  • Visitors are restricted to the unit except in end-of-life situations. Virtual visits and phone connections for patients and families can be arranged. 
  • Signage has been posted at entrances

The outbreak may be declared over on November 15 if no new cases arise.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, providers and patients is our top priority. Continue to wear the appropriate PPE as a new, highly transmissible variant has proven that anyone can be infectious, even when a person is asymptomatic. Practice physical distancing, wear PPE and continue to practice hand hygiene for the safety of all.