In consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health, a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in the In-patient Surgery (Wing B, level 3). A hospital outbreak is declared when two or more patients and/or staff test positive for a respiratory 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.
UPDATE: As of January 11, nine (9) patients/staff have been infected with COVID.
- These additional precautions have been added to ensure increased safety:
- Enhanced surveillance.
- Enhanced cleaning, especially to high touch areas.
- Dedicating staff to the unit as much as possible.
- In-person care partner visits to the hospital to the unit are suspended. Virtual visits and phone connections for patients and families. Visits to inpatients are paused for the entire hospital as of Saturday January 8.
- Temporarily closing admissions to the unit.
The hospital has reached out to patients and team members who may have been at risk of exposure. The outbreak may be declared over when no positive tests occur for 14 consecutive days.
Liane Barefoot (she/her/hers) MAL, RD
Director Patient Experience, Quality & Risk