New COVID Outbreak in Guelph General Hits Two Wings

It’s not exactly the news you want to post as the region continues to struggle to get COVID-19 under control, but the Guelph General Hospital announced on Wednesday night that they’re now dealing with another outbreak in two of their wings. Four patients and one staff member have been hit by the virus, as Guelph’s Hospital stands as the only institution in Wellington, Dufferin, and Guelph now dealing with a COVID outbreak.

“For those patients who tested positive, we wish them a speedy recovery,” said Hospital President and CEO Marianne Walker in a statement. “Our ongoing priority is to ensure the safety of patients and staff who have worked diligently to limit the spread of COVID-19 during this challenging time of a third wave. We are greatly concerned about the surge of COVID-19 variants and ask everyone do their part to reduce community spread.”

The affected units are 4 East and 7 East, both of which are now closed to new admissions with the exception of new COVID-19 patients. All patients in the units, and all patient-facing staff will be tested for the virus, while droplet precautions are now in-effect, and enhanced cleaning measures have begun.

The media release from the Hospital said that members of the public should not feel compelled to get in touch about the precautions, but anyone with any concerns is asked to call patient relations at 519-837-6440 ext. 2815.

This would be the fourth outbreak of COVID-19 at Guelph General Hospital since the start of the pandemic, the last one was in February and was also in the 4 East unity. The outbreak was declared over on February 24. The most recent institutional outbreak in Guelph was a month-long outbreak at Homewood that just ended on April 28.

The outbreak at Guelph General Hospital is presently the only institutional outbreak in a Guelph facility. According to the latest bulletin on local outbreaks from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, there are two workplace outbreaks at Olympic Honda and Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln, both in the Guelph Auto Mall on Woodlawn Road.

The outbreak news at Guelph General comes at the same as the region is seeing a slow decline in the number of cases, and in the local infection rate. According to the numbers, it’s now 91.7 per 100,000 while the test positivity rate is 5.9 per cent. There were just 27 new cases on Wednesday, plus 62 recoveries, which brings the number or active cases presently down to 351. There have also been two new fatalities from the virus, the first after several weeks, so now 108 people have died from COVID-19 in the region.

On the bright side, Public Health continues to vaccinate at a pretty good clip. This week, the region passed 100,000 total shots of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, which represents 40 per cent of the region’s population that’s received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

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