COVID-19 Outbreak on Fourth Floor Declared Over

April 12th, 2021

Update as of May 5:

In consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health, St. Mary’s has declared an end to a COVID-19 outbreak on its fourth floor. Four patients and one staff member were associated with this outbreak. We are thinking of them as they recover.

Now that the outbreak is over:

  • The unit will fully reopen to new admissions and transfers.
  • Diligence with universal masking and face shields continues.
  • Enhanced cleaning will continue throughout the unit.

Outbreaks are extremely challenging for everyone and we are grateful to our teams who continue to work tirelessly to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

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In consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health, St. Mary’s has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on its fourth floor. There are three cases currently associated with this outbreak. Our thoughts are with the patients affected.

The following precautionary measures are in place:

  • The unit is currently closed to admissions, with the exception of COVID-19-positive and COVID-19-resolved patients.
  • Asymptomatic testing will be set up as part of ongoing surveillance.
  • Droplet contact precautions continue.
  • Enhanced cleaning continues.
  • Care Partner visits are temporarily suspended, except in exceptional circumstances, such as when a patient is at end of life or if the care team determines there could be a marked improvement in a patient’s condition with a visit. Efforts have been enhanced to connect patients by phone or virtually with Care Partners.

Updates will be provided as new information is available.