HPHA declares COVID-19 outbreak over at local hospital

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The Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance says a COVID-19 outbreak at the Stratford General Hospital is now over.

In a release, the HPHA says the outbreak had been declared on the Inpatient Surgery Unit on January 7th after two cases of the virus were identified. Three patients got the virus during the outbreak, alongside eight HPHA staff members. With no further cases detected, the HPHA says “the Inpatient Surgery Unit has been reopened to admissions and transfers. Family and Caregiver Presence on the Unit has also been restored.”

Full guidelines can be found on the HPHA website at http://www.hpha.ca.

“Upon declaring the outbreak, immediate precautions were implemented, including prevalence testing in team members and patients,” says Andrew Williams, President & CEO of the HPHA. “While this outbreak is over, we can’t stress enough the importance of getting your COVID-19 vaccine and continuing to follow public health measures.”