Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN) announced they are celebrating having no newly admitted COVID-19 patients at their three locations for the first time in months.
According to the UHN spokesperson, on August 13, “no patients with COVID admitted in any of the hospitals,” they confirmed to Daily Hive in a written statement on Friday.
The locations include Toronto General, Toronto Western, and The Michener Institute of Education.
The President and CEO of UHN, Dr. Kevin Williams, thanked the “amazing team” for having “no admitted COVID-19 patients.”
“While we know this is by no means an end to our care for future COVID patients we celebrate the hard work of TeamUHN and Canadians who MASK. HAND WASH. PHYSICAL DISTANCE. ISOLATE,” he said.
Thanks to the amazing Team @UHN today we celebrate NO ADMITTED COVID-19 patients! While we know this is by no means an end to our care for future covid patients we celebrate the hard work of TeamUHN and Canadians who MASK. HAND WASH. PHYSICAL DISTANCE. ISOLATE.
— Dr. Kevin Smith (@KevinSmithUHN) August 12, 2020
However, on Friday, coronavirus patients were admitted again. The exact number is unknown, with the health network saying it is under 10 people.
“When we have had so few patients, we have been using ‘under 10’ as the message because of patient confidentiality – which means that we have between 1 and 10 patients today,” the spokesperson added.
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“We expect that we will continue to admit patients with the COVID virus – but we are encouraged that the numbers are very low at this time and yesterday was the first time we had no admitted patients with the virus.”
UHN also had previously reported five coronavirus outbreaks, but have been outbreak-free since June 1.
To date in Toronto, there have been 15,548 cases, with 14,117 recovered and 1,163 reported deaths.