Six staff at West Haldimand General Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19.

The hospital has been working with the H-N Health Unit to investigate, complete lab tests, and case and contact management.

Evidence at this time suggests that the index case was related to community transmission of COVID-19 says the hospital, which led to staff-to-staff transmission. There is currently no evidence of staff-to-patient or patient-to-staff transmission.

The hospital says it takes infection control precautions very seriously. Staff are screened for symptoms of COVID-19 every day upon entry to the hospital. Anyone who has symptoms is asked to return home and self-isolate.

“The safety of our patients and staff is paramount,” says Tom Thomson, Interim President and CEO at WHGH.

“The hospital has rolled out strategies to limit visitors and the potential spread of infection. Our hospital remains safe.

“We are all wishing our colleagues a speedy recovery. We are grateful for the commitment of our frontline health care workers through this pandemic.”