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Bruyère’s first staff member tests positive for COVID-19


Late in the evening on April 16, 2020, we received confirmation that one of our team members tested positive for COVID-19. Our team member is doing well and is in self isolation at home. We are sure you will join us in keeping them and their family your thoughts.


This team member had worked at two of our three campuses, taking shifts at our Saint-Vincent and Élisabeth Bruyère campuses and Élisabeth Bruyère Residence, before testing positive.

We can confirm that while they were working they did not have symptoms and followed all of the infection prevention and control measures that we have in place. This included following the recommended use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and practicing physical distancing.


We can also confirm that this person acquired COVID-19 from a close contact in the community.

Since the source of transmission is known the circumstances do not warrant the declaration of an outbreak at our hospital sites.


Out of an extreme abundance of caution an outbreak, however, has been declared at Élisabeth Bruyère Residence (one of our Long Term Care Homes) on the direction of the Medical Officer of Health.

Outbreak is a very scary word so we need you to know two things: the first is that in the response to COVID-19, given the vulnerable nature of our long-term care population, one staff member having a positive result is enough to declare an outbreak, regardless of where they acquired the virus. The second is that, preventatively we already had all outbreak measures in place at both of our long-term care homes to prevent the spread of the virus within our homes.


We want to confirm that none of our residents or patients have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.

We want to thank our front line for their diligence in adhering to our PPE procedures and physical distancing practices. This commitment along with the additional prevention measures we have put in place are what has allowed Bruyère to go so long without having a confirmed case despite increases in the community.


Ottawa Public Health will be noting this as an outbreak at Residence Elisabeth Bruyère on their website in the coming days and further information can be found on their website.