COVID-19 outbreak declared in operating rooms of Toronto hospital

Mar 18 2021, 5:32 pm

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in the operating rooms of a Toronto hospital.

University Health Network (UHN) reported the outbreak at Toronto General Hospital on March 17 after four staff members tested positive for the virus.

According to the health network’s website, staff at the 200 Elizabeth Street hospital are being tested for COVID-19, and contact tracing is being conducted when necessary.

The operating rooms have undergone a “thorough terminal clean,” and enhanced cleaning is ongoing.

UHN declares an outbreak amongst staff if two or more employees test positive for COVID-19 within a 14 day period, and there is “reasonable concern” that they contracted the virus within the hospital.

Toronto General Hospital is facing a separate COVID-19 outbreak within its Hemodialysis Centre.

The outbreak was declared on March 12, and has spread to five staff members and one patient.

To date, Ontario has seen 323,509 COVID-19 cases and 7,202 virus-related deaths.

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