COVID-19 Outbreak Information

This page will be updated Monday-Friday, unless an outbreak is resolved or declared. 

The following are the current COVID-19 outbreaks at LHSC as of Jan. 27, 2021:

University Hospital:

*Adult Emergency Department - Declared January 15, 2021

  • Zero patients have tested positive for COVID-19 associated with this outbreak
  • 10 staff and health-care providers have tested positive for COVID-19 associated with this outbreak
  • There are no deaths associated with this outbreak at University Hospital

For a full list of units with COVID-19 resolved outbreaks please see our Accountability page. 

*Outbreak-associated numbers are provided for each unit in current active outbreak. These outbreak-associated numbers differ from the patient and staff status totals which present a current snapshot of positive cases at LHSC, including those unrelated to outbreak(s).

Patient Information

The hospital remains open, and it is important that you do not delay seeking care for any urgent or emergent needs. 

LHSC is postponing all non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries and procedures at University Hospital.

As of December 1, ambulatory or outpatient activity at University Hospital will be reduced to only urgent and emergent appointments, procedures, and diagnostic services. When possible, all other clinic appointments will be rescheduled as virtual appointments. 

Urgent and emergent appointments or procedures are those services that are required within seven days as determined by the health-care provider. 

We recognize that the changes in our service delivery cause uncertainty for our patients and their loved ones. Any patient whose appointment or procedure is impacted by these further reductions, will receive direct communication from their care team. 

Caregivers, Visitors, and Families

As of Nov. 27, the Middlesex London Health Unit has issued a directive that prevents all visitation to patients at University Hospital. The only exception is for patients who are actively dying. Care teams will regularly update families, and make them aware of opportunities for virtual connection

Outbreak management

Unit-level outbreaks for COVID-19 are declared, in partnership with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, as soon as there are two or more confirmed positive cases among patients or staff that could have possibly been acquired on an inpatient unit. After 14 days with no new cases, the unit level outbreak is declared over in consultation with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU).

LHSC has worked in partnership with Middlesex-London Health Unit to implement several measures to address the COVID-19 Outbreaks, to ensure the safety of all patients, caregivers/families/visitors, staff, and physicians.