Hamilton apartment tower that had COVID-19 outbreak finally has a 2nd working elevator
The elevator that was out of use for months at the Hamilton apartment tower that had a significant COVID-19 outbreak in May is finally running.
Tenants at Rebecca Towers in downtown Hamilton contended that having only one operating elevator for months in the 17-storey, 164-unit building contributed to the spread of COVID-19. Hamilton Public Health Services said close contact and socializing between residents of different units was also a contributor to spread. The building at 235 Rebecca St. had 110 cases and one death from COVID-19 during an outbreak that lasted through most of May,
The building is managed by Toronto-based Medallion Corporation.
Tenants reported Wednesday that they have a second functional elevator.
Finally! Last week Medallion opened the 2nd elevator for use, after sustained pressure from tenant cttee. From January-June, we had 1 elevator for 17 storeys, 164 units. Along w/ poor building ventilation, this is likely cause of COVID outbreak — impossible to social distance. pic.twitter.com/BmelbWjuHI— Rebecca Towers Tenants (@RebeccaTenants) June 16, 2021
The Rebecca Towers outbreak coincided with another outbreak just a couple hundred metres away in the Wellington Place apartments. Both were declared over on May 27.
During that span, transportation was organized to take tenants to First Ontario Centre for mass vaccinations. The Hamilton public health unit also vaccinated 28 homebound residents of Rebecca Towers on the May 15.
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