Department C2 is being fully disinfected to make sure that there’s no more of the ‘British variant’ lurking
The ‘British variant’ of the Coronavirus is responsible for the diagnosis of 40 new Coronavirus cases at the UMCG in Groningen, reports the GIC. The C2 heart and lung department has now seen twenty employees and twenty patients testing positive. The ward will be completely disinfected in the coming days, and operations will be carried out again from Monday.
According to the UMCG, the exact source of the infections has not yet been determined. Because the British variant is more contagious, it makes it more difficult to contain the outbreak, they say.
To prevent further infections, around 400 employees and patients are now being tested preventively; these are people that emerged from source and contact research undertaken last week.
There are still a few positive patients on C2, who are to be transferred to another department. C2 is then to be completely cleaned, so that the department can reopen as soon as possible. Despite this outbreak, all urgent Thorax care has been able to continue for the past few days. Operations are expected to restart from Monday.