COVID-19 outbreak declared at Headwaters Health Care Centre, one patient and three staff test positive

December 10, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Paula Brown, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Headwaters Health Care Centre by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH).

Headwaters Health Care Centre confirmed through a press release last Friday (Dec. 4), that four positive cases of the virus had been identified in the hospital’s medical in-patient unit (F wing).

“The outbreak has been declared because we have one patient with presumed hospital-acquired COVID-19 and currently three associated staff members testing positive from COVID-19,” the local hospital said in its press release.

Public Health declares outbreaks in facilities such as hospitals when one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are within the facility.

Since the declared outbreak, patients in the affected wing of the hospital and patients discharged from the unit, who were under the care of the three staff members that tested positive have been informed of the outbreak and notified by Public Health. The local hospital said that the staff members are now self-isolating.

Headwater Health Care Centre, as part of their infection control and prevention precautions, has closed the medical in-patient unit (F wing) to new admissions as well as ceased transfers to and from the unit, unless the level of care requires it.

The hospital also said they have enhanced cleaning of the unit and are reinforcing the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene, and physical distancing.

An outbreak of COVID-19 was previously declared at the hospital in late March by WDGPH, with seven staff members and one patient testing positive.

As of press time, Headwaters said the “epidemiological link” is uncertain.

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