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COVID-19 outbreak at Guelph General Hospital declared over

It's been 14 days since the last hospital-acquired COVID patient
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Guelph General Hospital, in consultation with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, has declared the outbreak of COVID-19 on one of its wards to be over.

"It has been 14 days since the last hospital-acquired, COVID-positive patient was put in isolation with droplet contact precautions," said a news release from the hospital regarding an outbreak on ward 4E.

“This is some good news in this challenging time,” says Marianne Walker, hospital president and CEO. “Full credit goes to the expertise and teamwork of hundreds of staff to bring this outbreak to a close.

“By no means can we let down our guard. COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the world and in some places overwhelming health care systems and hospitals,” Walker says. “Here, it’s only by us continuing to do everything we can to maintain best practices in infection control along with the combined efforts of the community at large that we will keep our patients and our staff safe and protected.”

The Hospital will continue with all its pandemic protocols including a no visitors policy, active staff screening before shifts and the cancellation of elective surgeries and procedures.

The hospital reported the outbreak on March 26, with two staff members testing positive. Two more tested positive two days later.

According to stats released by Public Health on Wednesday, Guelph General has had 25 staff members and six patients test positive for COVID-19.