COVID-19 Outbreak Update
January 28, 2022
The South Huron Hospital Association (SHHA) declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on the Inpatient Unit on January 27, 2022.
The hospital outbreak was declared as a result of two or more COVID-19 cases identified within a 14-day period, in which the cases could reasonably have been acquired in the hospital.
Currently, there are eight COVID-19 positive patients associated with this outbreak.
The unit is now closed to admissions until further notice. It should be noted that this outbreak has affected our Inpatient Unit only. Our emergency department and outpatient services are not affected, with the exception of bundled care physiotherapy, which has been temporarily suspended.
Huron Perth Public Health has been notified and patients, family/caregivers and team members affected by the outbreak are in the process of being notified. Necessary contact tracing and testing for individuals on the unit is also taking place.
Family and Caregiver Presence on the Unit has been restricted. The only exception is for palliative patients. Care teams will regularly update families/caregivers and make them aware of opportunities for virtual connections.
SHHA is working closely with Huron Perth Public Health and our Infection Prevention and Control team to monitor the situation. Outbreak control measures, including additional surveillance testing of staff and physicians, enhanced cleaning and infection control procedures, and several safety precautions for staff and patients have been implemented.
It is important that people do not delay seeking emergency care at South Huron Hospital Association when it is needed. SHHA remains a safe place to receive care during this time. Safeguarding the health of our patients and their families, staff and physicians is of the utmost importance and remains our top priority.