COVID-19 Outbreak Information

Unit level outbreaks for COVID-19 are declared, in partnership with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. After 14 days with no new cases, the unit level outbreak is declared over in consultation with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU).

There are no current active COVID-19 outbreaks at LHSC.

When an outbreak is declared, LHSC works closely with the MLHU and our Infection Prevention and Control team, to take the following actions:

  • Affected units are closed to other patient admissions unless medically required and existing patients are actively assessed
  • Staff working on the affected units are not permitted to work in other units until outbreak is declared over
  • Staff are advised to monitor and report symptoms and escalate precautions immediately
  • Enhanced equipment and environmental cleaning measures are taken
  • Contact tracing of affected staff and patients is completed

As part of our COVID-19 Pandemic Response Action Plan, some of the precautionary measures we have taken to ensure patient and staff safety over the last month are:

  • Enhanced screening for all individuals entering our hospital, including staff
  • Temporary no-visitor policy was introduced as of March 16, 2020 and further restrictions were introduced as of March 31
  • Postponed elective surgeries and other non-emergent clinical activity as of March 16, 2020, with further reductions introduced on March 29
  • Opened COVID-19 Assessment Centres in partnership with St. Joseph’s Health Care London and the Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Adopted Ministry directives for droplet and contact precautions for the routine care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 including using a surgical/isolation mask, isolation gown, gloves and eye protection

Our top priority continues to be the safety of our staff, physicians, and patients. As we continue to see community spread of COVID-19, LHSC remains vigilant and is actively continuing to prepare and respond to additional cases and outbreaks.