CMH helping address outbreak at The Bridges shelter
The Bridges shelter in Cambridge is pictured on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
KITCHENER -- The Cambridge Memorial Hospital is helping to address a COVID-19 outbreak at The Bridges shelter.
The hospital confirmed Thursday that it is working to provide support through the outbreak there, helping to carry out a risk assessment of the environment.
Officials said in a community update that the hospital is "on standby" to help if needed.
Region of Waterloo Public Health's online COVID-19 dashboard lists the outbreak at The Bridges as Congregate Setting 18.
"There are multiple locations included as part of this outbreak. A total of 81 cases are associated with this outbreak, of which 44 cases are now resolved," Dr. Julie Emili, Associate Medical Officer of Health, said in a statement.
Of the region's 33 active COVID-19 outbreaks in Waterloo Region, 16 are in long-term care and retirement homes, six are in workplaces, six are in congregate settings, two are in hospitals, two are in schools and there is one in a child-care setting.
One of those outbreaks, at CMH's Medicine B Unit, involves no active cases. The hospital said patient swabs came back negative, while staff were swabbed earlier this week and those also came back negative.
"A few staff are outstanding and need to be tested before the outbreak can be called off," the hospital said.