City investigating five new outbreaks of COVID-19 in Hamilton

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Published April 24, 2020 at 9:49 pm

In an update today on the city’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Medical Officer of Health Dr.

In an update today on the city’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson confirmed that the city is monitoring five new outbreaks of the virus.

The newest outbreak was declared on April 23 at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s West 5th campus after two healthcare workers tested positive in one of the inpatient units.

“They are both now self-isolating at home and St. Joe’s is undertaking a number of measures to ensure the greatest safety to patients and healthcare workers,” said Richardson.

Measures include closely monitoring all patients, identifying those who need further testing, contact tracing, and informing the families of the patients and staff at that site.

“They will go through a deep cleaning of the unit now that this has been found and then continue on with using all of the infection control measures that are recommended in this situation,” Richardson added.

The city is also monitoring four other emerging outbreaks: One at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre where one inmate tested positive, one at St. Joseph’s Villa, and two at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s Charlton campus.

The investigation into these outbreaks is still underway and further details are expected by noon on Saturday, April 25.

As of noon Friday, the city reports 369 total COVID-19 cases (up five from Thursday’s report) with 364 confirmed positive cases and five probable cases (cases for certain symptomatic individuals where laboratory results are not available, inconclusive, or negative).

Richardson notes that 186 cases (roughly 50%) have been resolved.

“That’s very much encouraging as we carry forward,” she said.

Photo courtesy of The Canadian Press

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