GRH declares a new COVID-19 outbreak on 5A, part of it’s medicine program

FOR: All staff in clinical areas, All staff in non-clinical areas, Learners/Students, Other Providers, Physicians

Sent on behalf of Bonnie Camm, Executive VP, Clinical Services Shelley Schmidt, Director, Infection Prevention and Control.

UPDATE: This outbreak was declared over on February 8, 2022.

In consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health – have declared an outbreak of COVID-19 in 5A, part of our medicine program. Currently, four patients from 5A have tested positive. However, testing is not yet complete; these numbers may change.

The outbreak has been contained to 5A, with additional precautions implemented to ensure increased safety of all:

  • Enhanced surveillance
  • Additional high-touch cleaning
  • Face shields/eye protection for staff when patients won’t wear a mask
  • Temporarily suspending in person care partner visits to the unit and working to enhance virtual and phone connections for our patients and families.
  • Investigating opportunities to cohort COVID positive patients together and COVID resolved staff with 5A patients who tested negative for COVID to support continued operations and follow IPAC principals.

The hospital has reached out to patients and staff who may have been at risk of exposure. We wish these patients a safe and speedy recovery.