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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Brantford General Hospital

Brantford General Hospital has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in one of its units. Google Maps

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in the Surgical Inpatient Unit at Brantford General Hospital.

The Brant Community Healthcare System says it’s after one health-care worker and one patient tested positive for COVID-19 following presumed transmission from a community-acquired case.

The staff member is now in isolation at home.

Health officials say any close contacts related to these two cases are considered low risk for transmission.

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All safety precautions are in place at BCHS to protect the health and wellness of patients, families, visitors, employees, physicians and volunteers. Safety precautions include:

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  • enhanced cleaning in all areas
  • limiting visitors, with no visitors allowed currently on unit B5
  • screening everyone before entering BCHS
  • mandatory masking for all staff and visitors
  • use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

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“The safety of our patients, families, employees and the community is our top priority at BCHS,” said Dr. David McNeil, BCHS president and CEO.

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“As we continue to monitor any COVID-19 cases, we remain vigilant and are prepared to respond to additional cases,” Dr. McNeil said.

BCHS encourages all members of the community to continue following public health protocols — wearing masks in public spaces, keeping a safe two-metre distance from others and frequent handwashing. By following these simple safety tips, we can keep our communities safe, together.