Major outbreak declared at Hamilton apartment building after 55 total COVID-19 cases reported

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City of Hamilton Public Health Services declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Rebecca Towers on Tuesday (May 4).

Since mid-March, officials say there have been 55 total cases and one death among residents in the apartment building -- located at 235 Rebecca Rd.

There are reportedly 28 cases currently active -- spread across 17 different units on 10 separate floors.

The public health unit says it is still investigating the factors that may have contributed to the spread, but added that close contact between apartment residents and socializing between individuals from different units may have contributed to the transmission.

“We appreciate how concerning this is for the residents of this building and the impact COVID-19 is having on their tight-knit community,” said Hamilton Public Health.

“Staff are working with Rebecca Towers property management to ensure infection prevention and control measures continue to be in place and recommend additional measures to stop spread of the virus.”

The measures include signage promoting public health measures, including capacity limits on the elevator and in shared laundry amenities.

Daily cleaners have also been assigned “to support environmental cleaning.”

Hamilton Paramedic Services will be on-site Thursday (May 6) to provide testing to all residents.

The 17-storey building contains 164 total units.

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