Posted: November 16, 2022

In consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health, Grand River Hospital has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on 5C Medicine at KW campus. The outbreaks on 5 South, 5 North and PT3 East continue.

Currently, three patients on 5C have tested positive. However, testing is not yet complete; these numbers may change.

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.

We have implemented additional precautions 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 patients who tested negative for COVID; to support continued operations and follow IPAC principles.

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