COVID-19 outbreak continues at St. Marys Memorial Hospital

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By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A COVID-19 outbreak at St. Marys Memorial Hospital is still ongoing.

As of Tuesday, February 9th, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) reported that the outbreak at St. Marys Memorial Hospital was ongoing and that the case count sat at six. This includes three patients and three staff members. One staff member's listing was removed from the outbreak on February 5th after further investigation revealed the case was community-acquired and not as a result of the outbreak.

The HPHA says it is still safe to receive care at the hospital. The hospital remains open for all scheduled clinics, procedures, and emergency visits, and the HPHA reminds residents not to delay seeking care if needed. Family and Caregivers are restricted at this time. The only exception is for palliative patients who are allowed one family member/caregiver per day for 15 minutes at a time. Care teams will regularly update families and make them aware of opportunities for a virtual connection.

Unit-level outbreaks for COVID-19 are declared, in partnership with Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), as soon as there are two or more confirmed positive cases among patients or staff that could have possibly been acquired on an inpatient unit. After 14 days with no new cases, the unit level outbreak is declared over in consultation with HPPH.

The outbreak at St. Marys Memorial Hospital was declared back on February 2nd, and the case count has been at six since February 7th.

Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent