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24 Guelph General Hospital workers test positive for COVID-19

A spokesperson for Guelph General Hospital has confirmed 24 workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Outbreak on hospital ward declared last week

A spokesperson for Guelph General Hospital has confirmed 24 workers have tested positive for COVID-19. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

A spokesperson for Guelph General Hospital has confirmed 24 workers at the hospital have tested positive for COVID-19.

Last week, an outbreak was declared on one of the hospital's wards. At that time, four healthcare workers and one other person connected to the ward had tested positive.

"At that time we knew that it wouldn't be unexpected that we would have more," the hospital's chief executive officer Marianne Walker told CBC News Friday afternoon.

"As tests came in, the spike [in cases] went up."

Walker said the workers who tested positive worked in a variety of fields, including nurses, doctors, maintenance people and housekeepers. All of them are now in self-isolation, she said. 

She said public health believes some of the cases are connected to the earlier outbreak. 

The hospital has now brought in a policy requiring everyone working in clinical areas to wear surgical masks, she said. 

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