New coronavirus outbreak declared at Toronto Western Hospital with 8 cases

Henrietta Strickland
October 22, 2020

A new coronavirus outbreak was declared at a Toronto hospital, with eight people confirmed to be infected so far.

An outbreak was also declared Thursday in two units at Toronto Western hospital, with 5 staff members affected and three patients as of Saturday.

St. Joseph's Health Centre is also "managing a significant number" of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with four units now under an outbreak status, Unity Health spokesperson Robyn Cox confirmed.

"The only new information is that there are no additional positive tests today from the swabbing that has been underway from October 12 forward, so we remain at three patients and six staff with positive tests which may be hospital-acquired", Howard said on Monday.

The outbreak occurred on two units of the general internal medicine department - units 8A and 8B - in the hospital's Fell Pavilion.

Toronto Western Hospital on Bathurst at Dundas St. pictured on Monday, October 19, 2020.

As of Sunday morning, the hospital confirmed 20 cases of the virus in their facility.

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.

The outbreak stemmed from four units within the hospital - the 2L medicine unit, the 2E unit, the 3M unit and the 4E unit between October 3 and October 16. Only two visits per week are allowed for certain "named" essential care workers and some exceptions for women in labour, palliative and pediatric patients.

In a statement, the hospital said the cases are tied to Unit 1-4.

"We want to assure our community that St. Joseph's is a safe place to receive care and emergency services", Cox said.

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

"The measures that were taken, measures which I supported, were measures to stop that, so we could keep the schools open, keep the long-term care residences safe and I hope that's working".

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