Niagara Health Declares “Outbreak” of COVID-19 on Inpatient Unit at St. Catharines Site
News from Niagara Health, Niagara, Ontario’s amalgamated system of hospitals and related health care facilities Posted April 11th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
St. Catharines, Ontario – Niagara Health today (this April 11th) declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on an inpatient unit at the St. Catharines Site after one of our healthcare workers tested positive for the virus.
Our Infection Prevention and Control team has taken immediate action to protect our staff, physicians and patients.
“The health, safety and well-being of everyone is our top priority,” says Derek McNally, Niagara Health’s Executive Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive.
“Our Infection Prevention and Control experts, working closely with Niagara Region Public Health and the NH Occupational Health and Safety team, will monitor the situation closely and will adjust measures as needed to respond to this outbreak.”
Enhanced safety measures now in place include temporarily closing the unit in question to all admissions and transfers, and following up with patients, staff and physicians who may have had direct contact with the healthcare worker as a precaution. NH Occupational Health and Safety provides members of the hospital team with support on an ongoing basis.
(A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –
I am sure our many readers join me in wishing this healthcare worker a full recovery, as we continue to salute the brave efforts of all of our frontline healthcare workers, and the many other frontline workers, from grocery clerks to maintenance workers, and on and on, to keep our communities functioning as best they can through these perilous times.
We have have further updates on this latest news and related news on this ongoing health crisis later.)
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