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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Victoria Hospital

The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) said Tuesday the outbreak had been declared in the ENT/Burns/Plastics unit. 

Meanwhile, 16 people have died from the outbreak at University Hospital

The entrance to Victoria Hospital at the London Health Sciences Centre. (Dave Chidley/CBC)

A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at Victoria Hospital.

The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) said Tuesday the outbreak was declared in the ENT/Burns/Plastics unit. 

While there's no word on how many cases are linked to this outbreak, according to the hospital, an outbreak is declared "as soon as there are two or more confirmed cases among patients or staff that could have possibly been acquired on an inpatient unit." 

The latest outbreak at Victoria Hospital comes as University Hospital grapples with multiple outbreaks and more deaths associated with them. 

On Tuesday, the LHSC reported one new death in connection to an outbreak at the hospital, bringing the death toll associated with the outbreaks to 16. 

The outbreaks at University Hospital are affecting various wards, including:

  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit - Declared: Dec.11
  • General Surgery - Declared: Dec.9
  • Cardiology and cardiology offices - Declared: Dec.5
  • General Medicine - Declared: Nov.10
  • Multi-Organ Transplant Unit - Declared: Nov.27
  • Acute/Decant Medicine - Declared: Nov.24
  • Sub-Acute Medicine - Declared: Nov.24
  • Palliative Care/Sub-Acute Medicine - Declared: Nov.24

As of Tuesday, the LHSC said 77 patients and 82 staff had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, in a memo obtained by CBC News Tuesday, Ontario Health is telling hospitals across the province to prepare for a spike in COVID-19 patients. 

The memo calls on hospitals to be ready to activate emergency plans, which for hospitals in the grey lockdown and red control zone of the province's COVID-19 response framework means making up to 15 per cent of their beds available for COVID-19 patients. 

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