UPDATED: Outbreaks on three BGH units, Willett

UPDATED Outbreaks on three BGH units Willett

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A total of 23 people are now affected by two local hospital outbreaks of COVID-19.

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Hospital spokesperson Alena Lukich said on Saturday afternoon.

Three medical units of the Brantford General Hospital were declared in a COVID-19 outbreak after positive tests were returned for 11 patients and workers on medical floors. There have been no deaths.

The outbreaks are on B6, involving four patients and one staff member; and on B7 and B8, both of which involve one patient and two staff.

Visitors are now restricted to those areas unless for compassionate reasons.

To Jan. 6 outbreak at the Willett Hospital in Paris began with five people in the transitional care unit but has grown to ten patients and two staff members.

According to Ontario public health, a hospital outbreak is two or more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in patients and / or staff within a unit where the cases could have been acquired in the hospital.

In a news release, the Brant Community Healthcare System said the protection of staff, physicians and patients remains its top priority and it continues to work diligently to bring a safe and timely end to the outbreaks.

Safety protocols put in place include enhanced cleaning, screening all who enter one of the facilities, mandatory masking, use of PPE, limiting visitors and contact tracing of those impacted.

These are the seventh and second outbreaks for the General and Willett facilities. The most severe outbreaks were at the General in April 2020 when two people died and April 2021 when one person died. At the Willett, the worst outbreak in the pandemic was in August 2021 when there were two deaths.

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