COVID-19: Workplace outbreak declared among staff at Hamilton hospital

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Published March 9, 2021 at 7:48 am

A workplace outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared among health-care workers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s (SJHH) West 5th Campus.

“Four support staff workers have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now self-isolating at home,” a press release issued Monday evening (March 8) said.

“The affected staff members provide no patient care, and had no interaction with patients or visitors.”

West 5th is the site of Hamilton’s first large-scale vaccination clinic, but the outbreak has no impact on its operation nor on the hospital’s other services.

According to data supplied by Hamilton’s Public Health Services (PHS), there are currently 30 active outbreaks across the city and 409 active cases of the virus in the community.

At a virtual media update on Monday, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Hamilton’s chief medical officer of health, said that two additional vaccine clinics are slated to open in the coming days, the details of which are expected soon.

As of Monday, 46,342 vaccines have been administered in Hamilton.

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