COVID-19 Outbreak declared on NGH’s 4B Complex Continuing Care Unit

January 26, 2022

In consultation with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, an outbreak has been declared on the 4B Complex Continuing Care Unit at Norfolk General Hospital (NGH) after two patients tested positive for COVID-19, on routine discharge surveillance testing. Currently, both patients remain asymptomatic.

The outbreak was announced on Tuesday, Jan. 25, after the unit met the definition for an outbreak.

NGH has implemented comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) precautions. Enhanced cleaning has been implemented, contact tracing is ongoing, and patients are being monitored closely for COVID-19 symptoms.

Patients and health care workers on the affected unit are being tested.

Essential Care Providers (ECPs) are no longer permitted to enter the unit except under exceptional circumstances in consultation with the patient’s care team. NGH’s existing visitor restrictions remain in place.

These temporary measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, physicians, and the community.

We understand it is difficult for families and friends to be separated from their loved ones during this period. We encourage people to use technology to connect with our patients.

We want to reassure the public that NGH is working diligently to control and contain this outbreak and using our expertise and resources as efficiently as possible.

For more information, please contact:

Aaron Gautreau
Director of Communications & Public Relations
Norfolk General Hospital & West Haldimand General Hospital

Office phone: 519-426-0130 ext. 2454

Cell phone: 226-931-5752