Outbreak declared as two Brantford General Hospital employees test positive for COVID-19

BRANTFORD — An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Brantford General Hospital’s emergency room after two employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Sunday, Brant Community Healthcare Systems posted notification of the outbreak to social media.

The statement says the two separate cases are not related and do not appear to have any connections.

The outbreak was declared on August 6, while notification to the community was not made until August 9.

The first public notification that went out was from Six Nations of the Grand River’s Elected Council Facebook page, prompting complaints and criticisms to the Health Unit’s communications process.

Health officials with BCHS told TRT all persons who had contact with the positive cases have been contacted, and that anyone else who attended the hospital’s emergency room on August 6 should continue to monitor for symptoms.

There were two previous outbreaks of COVID-19 at BGH in April. Five staff were infected and one patient contracted the virus while in hospital.

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