North York General Hospital declares coronavirus outbreak

Apr 29 2020, 2:18 pm

North York General Hospital declared a COVID-19 outbreak in one of its units, after three patients tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, the hospital confirmed the outbreak in the “Reactivation Unit – 5 West, is currently on outbreak due to three patients testing positive for COVID-19.”

“The health and safety of our patients is our top priority and all appropriate precautions are in place. Patients and staff continue to be monitored,” the hospital’s website said.

As of April 28, there are 27 coronavirus inpatients at North York General, with four in the intensive care unit and three on ventilators.

Also on Tuesday, the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) declared a coronavirus outbreak.

In the evening, the hospital said the outbreak was related to the patient who was diagnosed with the coronavirus over the weekend. The patient’s parents and a member of the patient’s clinical team have since tested positive.

According to the hospital, everyone who has been exposed or suspected to have been exposed has been notified.

“All patients on the affected unit have tested negative for COVID-19. Staff on the unit continue to be tested. SickKids and Toronto Public Health are actively investigating how the virus was transmitted,” said SickKids in a statement.

Additionally, on Tuesday morning, SickKids identified a second patient who was admitted and tested positive for COVID-19.

This case is unrelated to the outbreak on 8B and the patient is now in isolation, said the hospital.

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