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GBGH declares COVID-19 outbreak on 2 North inpatient unit

A STOP sign at the main entrance to the hospital describing the limitations to visiting due to COVID.

December 4, 2020 – An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) on its 2 North inpatient unit, in collaboration with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. On December 3, one admitted patient and one staff member were confirmed positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is currently underway to determine the origin of the infection and the risk of exposure among staff and patients.

“GBGH is working closely with public health to manage and control this outbreak so we can declare it over as soon as possible with limited transmission,” says Dr. Dan Lee, COVID medical lead and chief of Emergency Medicine, GBGH. “Our infection prevention and control measures have been very successful throughout the pandemic to date and our hospital has all the preventive measures in place to ensure the continued safety of our patients, staff and credentialed staff.”

The impacted unit – 2 North – is now closed to new patient admissions for the duration of the outbreak. The patient has been relocated to GBGH’s dedicated COVID beds on the 2 East inpatient unit.

Effective today, all visitation to the hospital has been restricted with the exception of special circumstances (palliative, birthing unit).

Jennifer Moore
Communications Officer, GBGH
705-526-1300 ext 5177