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COVID-19 outbreak at Belleville hospital Quinte 5 unit

UPDATE Two separate COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at QHC Belleville General Hospital.  One on the Quinte 5 medicine unit and one in the Intensive Care Unit at QHC-Belleville General Hospital.

APRIL 27 – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on the Quinte 5 unit of QHC-Belleville General Hospital. Three staff members on the Quinte 5 unit have tested positive for COVID-19.

The definition of a COVID-19 outbreak in a hospital is set by the province and is declared in collaboration between Quinte Health Care and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH). It is defined as at least two cases (patients and/or staff) within a specified unit within a 14-day period.

Contact tracing is under way and all staff and patients on Quinte 5 will be tested for COVID-19 for surveillance reasons.

For the duration of the outbreak (at least two weeks), visiting will be paused on Quinte 5, except in end-of-life situations.

Care partners and loved ones of Quinte 5 patients can set up a virtual visit through QHC’s website – http://www.qhc.on.ca/virtual-visits.php

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