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Second Outbreak Declared At The Met Campus

Saturday December 19th, 2020, 4:22pm


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Windsor Regional Hospital reports a second COVID-19 outbreak.

The hospital said Saturday afternoon that five patients from the 6th floor North (6N) unit at Met Campus have tested positive in the last four days and are considered hospital-acquired cases.

They say that all patients on the unit were tested on Friday, December 18th and staff from the unit are in the process of being tested. No staff related to 6N have been identified as positive for COVID-19 to date. Testing of both patients and staff will be repeated.

The confirmation of the 6N outbreak follows the Thursday confirmation by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit of an outbreak on the 4th floor North (4North) unit at Met Campus, following confirmation of six staff members who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Two patients also were confirmed positive for COVID-19. The hospital says that there is no evidence that either patient contracted the virus while in the hospital, but that cannot be completely ruled out. All staff and patients from the unit have been tested to determine any further spread on the 4N unit.

The 4N is a 32-bed unit, and 6N units have a capacity for 36 beds. Both are medical (non-surgical) units. Combined, they account for about 10% of WRH’s overall bed capacity.

“As previously stated, we expect to experience these situations as COVID-19 continues to spread in our community,” said Karen Riddell, Vice-President, Critical Care, Cardiology, Stroke, Trauma & Clinical Support.

“We continue to remain vigilant in taking the correct precautions to reduce the opportunity for spread of the COVID-19 virus by following infection prevention and control guidelines to the best of our ability.”

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