Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is a dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in its Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre after two staff members and a patient have been diagnosed with the virus.
“The staff members are now in self-isolation at home,” says a release from the hospital network.
The outbreak was declared Thursday evening in the E3 Unit. That’s a clinical teaching unit where “patients who have serious medical conditions” like pneumonia, diabetes, stable heart attacks and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease stay.
The unit is currently closed for admission, and no visitors are allowed on the unit except on compassionate grounds, the release says.
Staff working on the unit will not work anywhere else until the outbreak is declared over.
“The unit is being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, above already enhanced cleaning practices,” the release says.
“All health care workers on E3, as well as any staff who may have spent prolonged periods of time on the unit, are currently being tested. Additionally, HHS is working with Hamilton Public Health Services to identify and inform individuals who may be contacts.”
This comes as HHS is only allowing medical-grade masks into its hospitals.
There are currently 24 COVID-19 patients staying at HHS hospitals.