COVID Outbreak declared at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Inpatient Unit

(Strathroy, ON) – For the first time in 2023, the Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The Middlesex-London Health Unit, declared the outbreak on April 14, 2023 after three patients tested positive on the 1South (Medicine) inpatient unit at the Strathroy site.

MHA has been diligent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, staff and physicians. Despite these efforts we have identified the transmission of the COVID-19 virus which has resulted in the declaration of an outbreak on 1 South.

MHA is working in close conjunction with the Middlesex – London Health Unit (MLHU) to ensure all appropriate measures are in place. Enhanced precautions, contact tracing, surveillance and testing are in progress.  The MHA Infection Prevention and Control Specialist and MHA leadership teams are monitoring the situation closely. MLHU continues to provide guidance and direction.

Effective immediately 1 South is limited to new admissions and visitor restrictions are in place with exceptions for palliative patients. This will continue until appropriate cohorting can be maintained or the outbreak is declared over.

We appreciate everyone’s patience with our current situation and continued due diligence with screening, masking, and distancing. We encourage everyone to access COVID boosters if they are eligible.

MHA encourages all members of the community to continue following public health guidelines – including getting fully vaccinated including your booster, staying at home when sick, and adhering to infection prevention and control policies in high risk settings. 

Despite experiencing lower community levels of COVID-19, COVID 19 transmission continues to threaten vulnerable persons in high risk settings.

MHA will NOT be changing their masking and personal protective equipment policies and procedures at this time.

These policies apply to all visitors, patients, and workers regardless of what area they work in. Anyone entering either hospital must continue to wear a medical-grade mask. As a vulnerable setting, these measures are in place to keep everyone safe. 

“We cannot thank and recognize our staff enough for their commitment to exceptional care throughout this pandemic.” says Krista Shea Interim Vice President, Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer. “We appreciate the ongoing support from the Middlesex London Health Unit and our community”.


For local inquiries:
Middlesex Hospital Alliance
Stacey Griffin
Executive Assistant to the CEO, Coordinator of Board Affairs
(519) 245-5295 ext: 5593      

About MHA:
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.    
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