Steps Taken By Windsor Regional Hospital After Nursing Students Test Positive For COVID-19

Monday November 9th, 2020

Posted at 6:13pm

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Windsor Regional Hospital has recommended testing for a total of 28 individuals: 15 staff members and 13 patients.

The testing comes after the hospital was notified on Sunday that four University of Windsor nursing students who tested positive for COVID-19 were doing their clinical placements at the hospital. Three were on the 7West and 6East units at the Ouellette campus on November 3rd and November 6th, and a fourth was on the 8North unit at Met Campus on November 3rd.

The hospital was subsequently notified that a St. Clair College nursing student who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the 6North unit at Met Campus for a student placement on November 2nd.

In all cases, the initial positive contact with COVID-19 came from the community, not from inside the hospital.

The hospital says that although testing is not mandatory for staff because they do not meet the criteria for high-risk exposure (i.e. 15 minutes or more within two metres of each other without Personal Protective Equipment), all staff who have been contacted have consented to testing.

The hospital has temporarily stopped any movement of patients from these floors, except in cases where they are to be discharged home.

All nursing student placements at WRH have stopped until further notice and all clinical student placements (with the exception of Schulich clinical placements) on 7W and 6E at Ouellette and 6N and 8N at Met have been halted until this issue is cleared.

The hospital has also completed an immediate deep clean of the impacted units.

Visitation to these floors  remains suspended until the issue is cleared (with exceptions for end of life and palliative patients).

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