In consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health, Grand River Hospital has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on 8ABC, part of the medicine program at the KW Campus.
Currently, seven patients on 8ABC have tested positive. However, we are awaiting further testing results, so 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.