An outbreak has been declared at Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital after four people tested positive for COVID-19.
The cases involve three healthcare workers and one patient in a section of the hospital called the Medicine Inpatient Unit. Because of how the virus has spread, the infections are being treated as an outbreak.
The hospital’s infection experts and employee health team are working with Halton Public Health to monitor all patients, staff and doctors who had direct contact with those infected with COVID-19.
All patients in the effected unit and staff who have been exposed are now being contacted and undergoing tests. The affected healthcare workers are currently in isolation at home. They will not return to work until they have completed the self-isolation period and are asymptomatic.
As a result of the outbreak, the targeted area known as 7S100 in the hospital is now closed to visitors. Family members and caregivers are asked to work with the patient’s care team to discuss arrangements for exceptional visits.
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Further, the hospital will be monitoring all patients for COVID symptoms. Tests will be immediately ordered for patients should they develop COVID-19 symptoms.
Enhanced deep cleaning is also taking place in the unit.
These enhanced protocols will remain in place for the duration of the declared outbreak, then reassessed on an ongoing basis with Halton Public Health to minimize further risks in the hospital and throughout our community.