HOSPITAL officials have given the latest update on the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at Wrexham Maelor.

The update comes on the same day an outbreak was declared at Bangor’s Ysbyty Gwynedd – seeing five wards hit by the virus and dozens of people infected.

Since declaring this outbreak in late October, the health board has been providing regular updates on the situation.

As of Monday morning, secondary care nurse director Debra Hickman said: “As of this morning we are providing care to 152 patients with COVID-19 infection in our East Area hospitals, of which, 130 are receiving care at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“Of these 152 patients, 49 currently have, or have had healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection.

“In the last seven days we have provided care to 66 new patients with COVID-19 infection in our East Area hospitals. Eleven of these 66 new patients are thought to have healthcare acquired COVID-19 infection.

“Our infection prevention practices are under regular review as we learn more about the virus and national guidance is updated.

“We are urging people to follow the government guidelines to help reduce the risk of infection in our communities, protect the NHS, and keep each other safe.

“People can also help us to continue to meet demand for care by only attending our Emergency Departments if they are seriously injured or have a life threatening health condition.

“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 some limited circumstances, but people should continue to attend appointments unless they are told otherwise.”

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