Statement: COVID-19 outbreaks at Montfort

January 18, 2022 - A COVID-19 outbreak is currently in effect for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the 3C, 3B, 4CR, 5C and FBC units. The decision to declare or end an outbreak is made in collaboration with Ottawa Public Health. Institutional COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa are announced daily on the Ottawa Public Health website

In addition:

  • Any Montfort staff member who shows symptoms must be tested and placed in self-isolation immediately.
  • We also carefully monitor our patients for symptoms of COVID-19. Any patient who shows symptoms will be immediately placed in isolation and tested.
  • Anyone who may have been in unprotected contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted, either by the Montfort team or by Ottawa Public Health. 
  • We remind you that visits to the hospital are still limited. Visitors are not allowed in an area where there is an outbreak, however there are many other ways to get in touch with hospitalised patients.

The safety and wellbeing of our patients, our team members and their loved ones are primordial for us.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Infection Control, Occupational Health and Safety and all members of the Montfort team for their hard work and commitment.

Definition of a COVID-19 outbreak

The Ontario Ministry of Health has defined a COVID-19 outbreak in a public hospital as:

  • Two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases (patients and/or staff) within a specified area (unit/floor/service) within a 10-day period where both cases could have reasonably* acquired their infection in the hospital. (Note that on January 14, 2022, the Ministry announced a change from 14 to 10 days.)

*Examples of reasonably having acquired infection in hospital include:

  • No obvious source of infection outside of the hospital; or
  • Admitted for 5 or more days before symptom onset (based on the median incubation period of the virus)