(Strathroy, ON) – The Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital (SMGH) is dealing with an additional COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the widespread community transmission of the current Omicron variant, it is not surprising to identify potential transmission within the hospital setting.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit declared the outbreak on August 30, 2022. Unit-level outbreaks for COVID-19 are declared, in partnership with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, 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 10 days without evidence of transmission, the unit level outbreak is declared over in consultation with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU).
The patients and their families have been contacted. The hospital will work closely with MLHU to ensure the appropriate testing and precautions.
Admissions to the unit will be limited until further notice. In addition, visitors and essential care providers are no longer permitted to visit the unit with the exceptions being provided for obstetrical and palliative care patients. Care teams will regularly update families/caregivers and make them aware of opportunities for virtual connections.
The safety of everyone at our hospital sites is our top priority. MHA’s Infection Prevention and Control Specialist, Occupational Health Specialist and leadership team are monitoring the situation closely. We continue to take steps to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and physicians.
Precautions remain in place across both our hospital sites and on all units to identify potential outbreaks early and have enhanced safety measures within our hospital sites including:
- Limiting 1 South (Medicine) and 2 South (Surgery and Obstetrics) inpatient units to new admissions
- Suspending patient visiting, with exceptions being provided for obstetrical and palliative care patients.
- Enhanced screening and testing of patients and staff
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the unit.
More information and updates will be shared as they become available.
|For local inquiries, please contact: |
Middlesex Hospital Alliance
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO Coordinator Board Affairs
(519) 245-5295 ext: 5593
The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) is comprised of two fully accredited partner sites: Four Counties Health Services and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. A progressive, team-oriented and technologically adept organization of excellence, the MHA is creating a more integrated and seamless approach to treatment by embracing and seeking out partnerships, through collaboration and investing in people. This coordinated approach helps to ensure that a high level of service is provided, while reducing costs and continually enhancing quality.