A coronavirus outbreak has been declared at Ysbyty Gwynedd affecting dozens of patients.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board today confirmed that as of this morning, 75 patients had tested positive for COVID-19 – 49 of which are linked with the outbreak.

Five adult wards at the Bangor hospital are affected.

It comes as another 100 cases of Covid-19 were recorded in North Wales today – making up nearly a third of the new positive tests across Wales. Of those 100, 13 were in Gwynedd.

All patients who have tested positive as part of the outbreak are being isolated, according to medical chiefs at the hospital.

Dr Karen Mottart, Medical Director at Ysbyty Gwynedd, said: “We are currently managing a COVID-19 outbreak at Ysbyty Gwynedd that is affecting five adult wards.

“A programme of staff and patient testing is underway.

“All patients who have tested positive are being appropriately isolated, in line with Public Health Wales’ policy on infection prevention and control measures.

“As we continue with a programme of additional testing, we expect to find more cases in patients and staff who are not currently symptomatic.

“This approach will help us build an accurate picture of the current situation, enabling us to safely manage patients and prevent any unknown potential transmission.”

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Dr Mottart added: “The virus is still circulating in our communities, and with the new variants that are more transmissible, more patients with COVID-19 have been admitted into our hospitals than at any other time during the pandemic.

“A significant risk is that a patient can test negative for COVID-19 while the virus is in its incubation period, and then test positive after being admitted to hospital.

“All hospitals face the challenge of balancing the risk of infection while providing care for those who need it.

“Please help us to reduce the risk of infection by only attending our hospital sites if it is absolutely necessary.

“Visiting remains restricted, except for limited circumstances, but people should continue to attend appointments unless they are told otherwise.”

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