COVID outbreak in unit at Stratford hospital

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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on the Inpatient Surgery Unit at Stratford General Hospital.

Two patients tested positive and the outbreak status refers to two COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period, where both cases could reasonably have been acquired in the hospital.

The unit is now closed to admissions until further notice.

Emergency and urgent surgeries will continue but patients will be admitted to another unit for recovery.

Family and Caregiver Presence on the Unit has been restricted. The only exception is for palliative patients.

Contract tracing and testing for those on the unit is underway.

“Our top priority is to the safety of our patients and team members,” says Andrew Williams, President and CEO. “We thank those adhering to our screening process, masking requirements and family and caregiver presence guidelines to help us prevent further spread of the virus within our hospital.’