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December 6, 2020

Third outbreak declared at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

NEWS RELEASE
Sunday, December 6, 2020

HAMILTON, ON – In consultation with Hamilton Public Health Services, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on the F5 unit at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (JHCC) after a patient tested positive for the virus. The patient is now in isolation.

F5 is a medicine unit and is now closed for admissions. No visitors are currently allowed on the unit except on compassionate grounds. Staff working on the unit will not work anywhere else until the outbreak is declared over.

Testing continues for all health care workers on F5 as well as any staff who may have spent prolonged periods of time on the unit. The remainder of patients on the unit are being tested as well.

The confirmed case on F5 follows outbreak declarations on two other wards at the site (E3 on Dec. 3 and B3 on Dec. 4). A total of nine patients, eight staff members and a learner are linked to these outbreaks and have tested positive. The staff members and student are now in self-isolation.

Additional cleaning in the unit, beyond the enhanced cleaning practices that are already in place, is underway.

Patient care continues to be provided safely.