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COVID-19 outbreak information

August 24, 2020

Update: This outbreak was declared over on September 6, after no new cases were identified for over two weeks.

Recently as part of our normal surveillance, we identified a patient with COVID-19, which led us to rapidly assess the unit and test all patients. In total we have identified four cases, and two of those patients remain at Sunnybrook. All other patients on the unit are negative for COVID-19.

When two or more patients who are being cared for in a health-care facility for something other than COVID-19 test positive for the illness, it meets the definition of an outbreak as set out by public health.

In this case, an outbreak has been declared on the affected unit, and it is currently closed to admissions. Visitors are also restricted from entering the unit. At the present time, no other positive cases have been identified.

When an outbreak is declared, affected patients are isolated immediately, and control measures are put in place including staff being dedicated to the unit and following strict precautions, increased surveillance, testing and enhanced cleaning measures.

Sunnybrook remains open, and clinics and procedures will continue as usual. The hospital is safe for patients and other approved visitors/essential care partners.

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