COVID-19 outbreak declared at Toronto Western Hospital

Jan 15 2021, 2:53 pm

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Toronto Western Hospital.

According to University Health Network (UHN), three staff members and three patients in the hospital’s 6B Fell unit have tested positive for the virus as of January 14.

The outbreak was first reported on January 13.

UHN’s website states that a COVID-19 outbreak is declared in a hospital when there is evidence that the virus has been transmitted within a single unit. They have a “low threshold” for declaring an outbreak, they say.

All staff members and patients within the affected unit are being tested, and contact tracing is being undertaken when necessary. The 6B Fell unit has undergone a “thorough terminal clean,” according to UHN.

The hospital network said it will be reviewing all of its COVID-19 processes in detail to ensure it has done everything possible to reduce the risk of transmission.

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

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

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