COVID-19 outbreaks reported at two Toronto hospitals after 29 cases confirmed

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2020

There are now four units at St. Joseph's hospital in the city's west end with an outbreak status, while a fifth unit is under "heightened awareness", meaning there has been a chance of exposure to the unit, said Unity Health spokesperson Robyn Cox.

University Health Network says that three patients and six staff members at Toronto Western Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 since October 15.

Two hospitals in the city core have declared outbreaks of COVID-19. Of the 16 patients who have the virus, seven contracted the disease as part of the hospital outbreak.

The units affected are 3M, 4E, 2E and the 2L Medicine.

A outbreak at a hospital unit implies there were two COVID-19 instances in just a 14daily interval which may reasonably have been obtained from the hospital.

A epidemic was also announced Thursday in 2 components at Toronto Western hospital, also together with 5 staff members changed and three patients at Saturday.

The hospital said that it would likewise be implementing widespread testing of patients and staff at the forthcoming days.

"There have been no additional positive swabs since that time. The 9 cases above are presumed to be transmissions in hospital".

The outbreaks first occurred in each unit between October 3 and October 16.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health confirmed on Sunday that an outbreak has been declared at its Queen Street site after two patients tested positive for COVID-19.

"CAMH has implemented standard infection prevention and control procedures for respiratory outbreaks, including closing the unit to admissions and transfers".

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