COVID outbreak declared in Bluewater Health Acute Medicine unit

There’s another COVID-19 outbreak at Bluewater Health.

The Sarnia hospital, in consultation with Lambton Public Health, has declared an outbreak in the Acute Medicine unit.

Communications Chief Julia Oosterman said Monday afternoon that three patients had tested positive. No staff had been infected with testing continuing.

Two or more linked positive hospital-acquired cases within a 14-day period constitutes an outbreak according to provincial directive. An outbreak is declared when there’s evidence of transmission of the disease within the hospital on a single unit.

Bluewater Health said in a statement that additional measures will be taken to prevent further transmission, contract tracing is underway, and over the next 48 hours appropriate next steps will be determined. Enhanced infection prevention and control measures have been implemented.

New admissions to the Medicine program will be to the General Medicine unit. Bluewater Health said there are no other operational changes at this time. The Emergency Department remains open and scheduled appointments for clinics and surgeries are uninterrupted.

It’s the fourth COVID-19 outbreak at Bluewater Health dating back to June of 2020.