COVID-19 Outbreak Update

The health and safety of William Osler Health System's (Osler) patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and the community is a top priority. As Osler continues to see community spread of COVID-19, the hospital is prepared. Osler remains vigilant and is actively working to respond to additional cases. 

When is an outbreak declared?

In accordance with the Ministry of Health, a COVID-19 outbreak is declared when two or more patients and/or staff within a specified hospital area (unit/floor/program) are confirmed COVID-19 positive within a 14 day period, where both cases could have reasonably acquired the infection in the hospital.

Outbreaks are declared in consultation with Osler’s Infection Prevention and Control and Occupational Health and Safety teams, and Public Health.

What measures are taken when a COVID-19 outbreak occurs?

Osler is taking extra precautions to protect patients and health care workers. These measures include:

  • Notifying patients and using the appropriate precautions to prevent transmission of the virus.
  • Testing and monitoring all unit staff, physicians and patients for COVID-19.
  • Limiting staff members who normally work on multiple units to work on one unit only. 
  • Enhancing cleaning of patient care equipment and the hospital units. 

As part of Osler’s pandemic plan, the following are in place at all Osler hospitals:

  • Screening of everyone entering the hospital
  • A temporary no-visitor policy
  • Increased education for staff about the use of personal protective equipment and proper hand hygiene
  • Physical distancing

All Osler staff and physicians are advised to monitor and report symptoms to Osler’s Occupational Health & Safety immediately if symptoms develop at any time.


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