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Coronavirus: Outbreak declared in Toronto Western Hospital’s ER after 5 staff members test positive

Outbreak declared in Toronto Western Hospital’s emergency room after 5 staff test positive for coronavirus
WATCH ABOVE: Toronto Western Hospital staff say they are working to contain a coronavirus outbreak in its emergency department. Albert Delitala reports.

Toronto Western Hospital has declared an outbreak in its ER department after five staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.

The hospital said the outbreak was confirmed Wednesday. In a memo sent to staff, it said if anyone worked in the emergency department between April 20 and May 13 to go get tested.

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The ER will now be restricted to essential staff only and “PPE coaches will provide enhanced support so staff feel comfortable with donning and doffing PPE, proper mask etiquette, and physical distancing,” a statement from the hospital read.

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The hospital will also be improving the ability to physical distance by reorganizing common spaces.

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On May 5, the hospital confirmed four outbreaks in different COVID-19 units which affected multiple staff members and patients.

There have been 78 COVID-19 cases across University Health Network hospitals. Fifty patients are currently in hospital with the virus and 28 people are in intensive care.

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To date, 97 staff members across the UHN have tested positive.

Other hospitals have also reported outbreaks since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, including Toronto’s SickKids hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre.