Coronavirus outbreak declared at Sunnybrook Hospital

Aug 25 2020, 6:24 am

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

On Monday night, the hospital said as part of their normal surveillance, a patient was identified with COVID-19, which led the hospital to “rapidly assess the unit and test all patients.”

In total, four cases have been identified, and two of those patients remain at Sunnybrook — all other patients on the unit are negative for COVID-19.

An outbreak is declared when two or more people have the virus.

“In this case, an outbreak has been declared on the affected unit, and it is currently closed to admissions. Visitors are also restricted from entering the unit. At the present time, no other positive cases have been identified,” the release said.

“When an outbreak is declared, affected patients are isolated immediately, and control measures are put in place including staff being dedicated to the unit and following strict precautions, increased surveillance, testing and enhanced cleaning measures.”

Sunnybrook remains open, and clinics and procedures will continue.

The hospital is confirmed to be safe for patients and other approved visitors.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 99 outbreaks reported in various hospitals across Ontario. Three of the outbreaks are considered active.

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