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CMH provides update on outbreak in Rehabilitation Unit

The hospital says 10 patients and five staff members have tested positive
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Cambridge Memorial Hospital has provided a community update on the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in its Rehabilitation Unit.

It was first announced on February 25, and at that time, three patients and two staff members were affected.

On Thursday, CMH said 10 patients and five staff have tested positive to date.

"It is important to note that these cases were likely transmitted during the asymptomatic period when the illness was first introduced on the unit," said a memo from the hospital. "It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear."

Protective measures, including temporary visitor restrictions, remain in place in the unit. To help keep affected patients entertained, the hospital said it's providing free TV service until the outbreak is lifted.

As for total COVID-19 patients within Cambridge Memorial Hospital, there were 15 as of Thursday, with less than five in intensive care.

Total ICU bed occupancy was at 57 per cent capacity, while medicine bed occupancy was at 85 per cent.

To help lift spirits, hospital staff are playing 'Here Comes the Sun' by The Beatles whenever a COVID-19 patient is discharged.

"It's a little reminder to us all of the exceptional care we provide to our community, day in and day out - and it's alright," said the CMH memo.

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