Niagara Health Declares COVID-19 Outbreak in a Second Inpatient Unit at St. Catharines Hospital Site

Another Niagara, Ontario Healthcare worker tests positive for COVID-19

“The unit in question will continue to admit patients with COVID-19 and has a number of enhanced safety measures already in place.” – Derek McNally, Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive for Niagara Health

A COVID-19 Update from from Niagara Health, Niagara, Ontario’s amalgamated system of hospitals

Posted April 14th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Health’s St. Catharines Hospital site where a second COVID-19 outbreak has been declared within a matter of days of the first.

Niagara, Ontario – (This Tuesday, April 14th) Niagara Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on inpatient Unit 4A at the St. Catharines Site after one of our healthcare workers tested positive for the virus.

The outbreak, which is on the unit that is dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients, was declared because our investigation determined the case was healthcare-associated. The staff member is at home and self-isolating.

Our Infection Prevention & Control and Occupational Health & Safety teams, in partnership with Niagara Region Public Health, will monitor the situation closely and adjust our measures as required to ensure everyone’s safety.

“Our highest priority is the health and safety of our patients, staff and physicians,” says Derek McNally, Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive.

“The unit in question will continue to admit patients with COVID-19 and has a number of enhanced safety measures already in place. Niagara Health will follow up with staff and physicians who may have had direct contact with the healthcare worker as a precaution.”

On Saturday, April 11, Niagara Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19<https://www.niagarahealth.on.ca/site/news/2020/04/11/healthcare–worker-tests-positive-for-covid-19> on inpatient Unit 3A at the St. Catharines Site after a healthcare worker tested positive for the virus. Safety measures in place on that unit include temporarily closing the unit in question to all admissions and transfers.

NH Occupational Health and Safety provides members of the hospital team with support on an ongoing basis.

For a related story posted on Niagara At Large, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/04/11/breaking-news-niagara-healthcare-worker-at-st-catharines-hospital-site-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post, along with your name (not a pseudonym), in the space immediately below the Bernie Sanders quote.

 “A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.