Kitchener hospital in charge of Elmira retirement residence after COVID-19 outbreak

Kitchener hospital in charge of Elmira retirement residence after COVID-19 outbreak

Waterloo Region’s top doctor has issued orders for St. Mary’s General Hospital to take over a retirement residence in Elmira, the region announced Sunday.

It said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang issued Section 22 and Section 29.2 Orders to Village Manor and St. Mary’s General Hospital on Saturday.

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The region says three have now been 22 cases associated with an outbreak at the retirement residence since it began on Nov. 14.

“From the very beginning of this outbreak, health system partners and their resources have ‘wrapped around’ this home to help it manage its COVID-19 outbreak,” said Region of Waterloo medical officer of health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang.

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“However, it has become clear that we need stronger and quicker action, which is why this Order has been issued.”

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Of the positive tests, 19 have been from residents while the other three have been staff members. Three of those residents are currently in hospital although there have been no deaths.

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As soon as the order was issued, the region says a team from SMGH took over management of the home.…

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