COVID-19 outbreak at Toronto Rehab facility spreads to over 30 people

Jan 10 2021, 10:55 pm

A COVID-19 outbreak that was declared at Toronto Rehab’s Bickle Centre last month has now spread to more than 30 people in three different wards.

As of January 7, 21 patients and 10 staff members in the Dunn Avenue hospital’s South 4 unit had tested positive for the virus. University Health Network (UHN) first declared the outbreak on December 21.

Two patients and two staff members in the North 5 – Transitional Care Unit have tested positive for COVID-19 since an outbreak was reported in the ward on December 23.

An outbreak in the hospital’s South 3 unit was declared on January 7, and has affected one patient and one staff member to date.

According to UHN, when there is a COVID-19 outbreak at one of their hospitals several control measures are implemented to prevent further transmission of the virus.

Steps include testing all patients and staff in an outbreak unit, and conducting a “thorough terminal clean” of the affected area.

Toronto Rehab’s Bickle Centre treats both inpatients and outpatients in several rehab programs.

“Our hospitals remain open and there is no reason to be worried about coming to any UHN hospital or our Emergency Departments,” their website reads.

“All UHN hospitals remain safe places to receive care.”

Daily Hive has contacted Toronto Rehab for more information and will update this story accordingly.

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