Posted: July 6, 2022

Friday, July 29, 2022: A COVID-19 outbreak was declared on 8ABC, part of the medicine program on July 6. To date, there have been 16 hospital acquired COVID-19 cases attributed to this outbreak. Despite a number of different interventions implemented, there continues to be ongoing transmission on the unit over the past three weeks. As a result, we have made the decision to close 8ABC to admissions effective today (July 29).

In order to support patient flow and safe patient care with this 42 bed medical unit temporarily closed, the following strategies have been implemented:

  • Opening four medical beds on 4A, supported by one medicine or float pool nurse
  • Utilizing four beds on inpatient pediatrics for adult patients, supported by one medicine or float pool nurse;
  • Continuing to operate 10 medical surge beds on 6C, supported by two medical or float pool nurses, one clinical assist and one HCCSS care coordinator;
  • Utilizing all available beds on inpatient stroke and oncology to support off-service admissions, priority will be given to on-service admissions and will be reviewed daily to ensure stroke and oncology patients continue to have appropriate access to service;
  • Utilizing up to 11 beds for medical admissions on inpatient surgery, supported by one medicine or float pool nurse.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022: We, in consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health, have declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on 8ABC, part of the medicine program. We continue to monitor the situation.

We have implemented a number of enhanced protocols on 8ABC to bring resolution as quickly as possible, including;

  • Active, enhanced surveillance to identify potential cases and follow-up investigations.
  • More frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces in the hospital.
  • Education of COVID-19 hospital protocols.
  • As part of ongoing risk assessments, continually reviewing our practices and implementing new measures as required.
  • Temporarily suspending new admissions to the unit.
  • Temporarily suspending in person care partner visits to the unit and working to enhance virtual and phone connections for our patients and families.

We will continue to provide updates as required. The safety and well-being of our staff, providers and patients is our top priority.