More than 400 employees off due to COVID-19 at hospitals in Cambridge, Kitchener and Guelph

More than 400 employees at Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener hospitals are absent from their jobs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesman for Grand River Hospital in Kitchener said around 200 employees had either tested positive for COVID-19 or are currently isolating due to exposure to the virus as of Wednesday.

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“We feel the effects of it. Staffing in some units is a challenge that is being alleviated daily, ”Cheryl Evans told Global News in an email.

“We have limited surgeries through January 15 to treat only urgent, urgent, and cancer cases, and we are constantly reviewing staffing levels across the hospital to redeploy staff and other resources to provide urgent and inpatient care to support our community where it is needed is needed. “

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The largest hospital in the region with around 3,600 employees is also turning to virtual care wherever possible.

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Similarly, across town at St. Mary’s General Hospital, work is underway to fill the void left by 65 workers forced to isolate themselves because of the virus.

“The workforce across healthcare was one of our greatest challenges before the pandemic and has now reached critical levels.

Your hospital has around 1,600 employees, as does Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

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At the hospital down the street in Cambridge, around 83 employees were missing from the virus on Wednesday, up from 69 the day before.

“With operations declining on Jan. 3rd (as mandated by Ontario Health – we continue to do emergency and urgent cancer surgeries) we can do it, but hospital occupancy remains high as 95% of our medical beds are occupied,” said CMH spokesman Stephan said Beckhoff.

A spokesman for Guelph General Hospital also missed 72 employees on Wednesday, 22 of whom were suffering from COVID-19.

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