Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at nursing home in Hamilton

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Published March 21, 2020 at 8:21 pm

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a nursing home in Stoney Creek after a second case was confirmed at the facility.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a nursing home in Stoney Creek after a second case was confirmed at the facility.

According to Hamilton Public Health, a 55 year old female resident at Heritage Green Nursing Home became symptomatic on the evening of March 19.

Tesst results confirmed Saturday morning (March 21) that she was positive.

She was not hospitalized and remains in isolation at Heritage Green.

Heritage Green is continuing to isolate the entire floor of the nursing home, cohort staff (dedicated staff to dedicated areas), isolate residents, and provide in-room meals. The facility remains closed to visitors.

“Some of the most vulnerable members of our community reside at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities,” said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health. “Extraordinary measures are needed in extraordinary times like this to prepare and respond to COVID-19. We are working very closely with Heritage Green to manage this outbreak.”

The first case at this facility was reported on Wednesday, March 18 and involved an 80 year old female resident who lives on the same floor of the nursing home.

An outbreak is declared by Public Health when there are two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst residents or staff of a long-term-care facility. 

For more info on what the city is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit hamilton.ca/coronavirus and hamilton.ca/covidclosures.

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