St. Michael's Hospital declares coronavirus outbreak in emergency department

Oct 21 2020, 1:42 pm

St. Michael’s Hospital has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in their Emergency Department on Tuesday night.

The hospital said there are five active coronavirus positive staff related to the outbreak and that no patients have been identified yet.

According to the hospital, an outbreak is declared when the unit has had two or more coronavirus cases within a 14-day period, where both cases could reasonably have been acquired in hospital.

“In our investigation into the positive staff cases, we have determined that the risk of patient exposure is low. We will reach out to any patients who had direct contact with any of the affected staff and will advise of next steps,” the statement on the hospital website reads.

“We do encourage patients who visited our Emergency Department in the past two weeks to self-monitor for symptoms and to get tested should any arise.”

They added that “many measures” have been taken for enhanced heath like additional testing of staff, enhanced cleaning and infection control procedures.

“We strongly urge you to come to our Emergency Department if you need care and to make an appointment at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre if you have any symptoms.”

Three other Toronto hospitals have declared outbreaks recently which include, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto Western, and The Center for Addiction and Mental Health’s Queen Street site.

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