Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has declared a coronavirus outbreak at its Queen Street site.
CAMH said on Twitter Saturday that the outbreak affects unit 2-3 at the Queen Street mental health hospital. A total of 10 patients and four staff members have tested positive so far.
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Many services are provided there, including in-patient treatment where some individuals are held there under mandatory orders.
“Imagine how tough being in a psych ward against your will would be in the midst of an outbreak,” journalist and author Anna Mehler Paperny tweeted in response to the news.
10 patients and 4 staff members with positive COVID diagnoses at CAMH. Imagine how tough being in a psych ward against your will would be in the midst of an outbreak. https://t.co/JhJxusztOY
— Anna Mehler Paperny (@amp6) October 24, 2020
The Queen Street location has housed patients dealing with mental health issues for more than 160 years, opening first as the Provincial Lunatic Asylum in 1850. It’s gone by other names including Asylum for the Insane and Ontario hospital, but has been known as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since 1998.