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COVID outbreak declared at RVH

Five patients in mental health inpatient unit have tested positive at the Barrie hospital
2021-06-17 NC rvh17
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre is shown in this file photo.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Barrie hospital after five patients on the same unit tested positive.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), in collaboration with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, made the announcement late Friday afternoon.

The outbreak is affecting the hospital’s adult mental health inpatient unit.

"The remaining patients have been isolated and enhanced cleaning measures, contact tracing is underway as well as swabbing of patients and staff. There are no admissions or transfers from the unit and visitors are not permitted," RVH officials said in a news release.

“The health and safety of staff, physicians, patients and our community remains our top priority and we are working closely with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and our infection prevention and control and occupational health and wellness teams to conduct a full contact tracing investigation to determine any risk to other patients and Team RVH on the unit,” said RVH president and CEO Gail Hunt.