Health unit confirms coronavirus outbreak at Oshawa Hospital

Apr 3 2020, 6:32 am

Lakeridge Health confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at an inpatient unit in an Oshawa Hospital.

On April 1, Lakeridge Health in partnership with Durham Region Health Department (DRHD), confirmed the outbreak.

“As the community spread of COVID-19 continues in Durham Region, Lakeridge Health is prepared for a significant increase in admissions for people exposed to the virus,” the statement said.

According to Lakeridge Health, the unit has been temporarily closed to admissions and individuals who have tested positive have been appropriately isolated, where they are being monitored by the DRHD.

“Lakeridge Health’s Infection and Control and clinical teams are well trained and equipped to respond to communicable disease outbreaks like this and have taken all the appropriate measures to limit the risk of transmission and protect patient and staff safety.”

The health unit says they have taken progressively stronger measures since January to ensure the safety of the team and patients, as the pandemic has evolved.

According to Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, an outbreak is declared when two or more people in a facility test positive for the virus.

It is not yet known how many patients or staff are infected at the Oshawa Hospital.

On Thursday, the Province of Ontario reported 26 outbreaks in long-term care homes, a much higher number of outbreaks than what was reported on April 1, which was 12.

The province has not yet reported on the total number of outbreaks, but will be providing more coronavirus data, and projections, on Friday afternoon.

As of April 2, there are 2,793 cases in Ontario with 53 deaths and 831 recovered.