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Sunnybrook Hospital latest in Toronto to declare COVID-19 outbreak

TORONTO — Sunnybrook Hospital has joined a growing list of hospitals in Toronto that have declared outbreaks of COVID-19. Five cases have been identified in a surgical unit at the hospital, a spokesman for Sunnybrook said Friday.
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TORONTO — Sunnybrook Hospital has joined a growing list of hospitals in Toronto that have declared outbreaks of COVID-19.

Five cases have been identified in a surgical unit at the hospital, a spokesman for Sunnybrook said Friday.

Three cases were discovered through "regular surveillance," which led to broader testing and the discovery of two more, said Craig DuHamel.

All five people are asymptomatic, and one of them has been discharged from the hospital, said DuHamel.

Sunnybrook joins at least six other Toronto hospitals that are dealing with outbreaks, which are generally defined as at least two health-care-related cases within a 14-day period.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health reported two new cases - a patient and a staff member - Friday in an ongoing outbreak at its downtown Toronto site, bringing the total number of cases to eight. 

CAMH said the outbreak has affected two units, which are both closed to admissions and transfers. It also said another staff member tested positive but wasn't related to the outbreak.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said Thursday that it's "concerning" whenever there's an outbreak in a health-care setting, and the province is ready to provide support if needed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2020.

The Canadian Press




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