COVID-19 Outbreak Update
February 01, 2022
The South Huron Hospital
Association (SHHA) declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on the Inpatient Unit on
January 27, 2022. This outbreak is ongoing.
Currently, there are 12 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
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. Further,
in order to reduce contacts walk-in clinic services will be provided by
telephone for the week of January 31-February 6.