Outbreak declared at Paramedic Services North Division
Waterloo Region – Region of Waterloo Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services’ North Division. The outbreak was declared after three employees tested positive for COVID-19 and have an epidemiological link in the workplace setting. Two additional cases have been detected but the investigation has not identified an epidemiological link in the workplace setting at this time.
Paramedic Services continues to work closely with Region of Waterloo Public Health and health and safety to ensure proper contact tracing is undertaken and to ensure appropriate infection prevention and control practices are in place. Close contacts of confirmed cases who are required to self-isolate and seek testing are being contacted directly.
“We have been in contact with all of our staff members who have tested positive and those who are required to self-isolate. Most are experiencing relatively minor symptoms and are all recovering in isolation at home,” said Chief Stephen Van Valkenburg. “Public Health and Paramedic Services have completed contact tracing and are confident there is no risk to the public or any impact on our ability to safely respond to 911 calls and provide care.”
Paramedic Services continues to follow health guidelines and measures set out by the Province of Ontario and Region of Waterloo Public Health and has implemented several measures to ensure the health and safety of its members. Emergency response to the community will not be impacted by this outbreak.