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Coronavirus: Hamilton-area long term care home closes 2 units due to outbreak

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DUNDAS, Ont. – A long-term care home outside Hamilton says it has closed two of its units in an effort to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.

Hamilton’s public health unit says that eight residents and four staff members at the home have tested positive for the virus.

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St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas, Ont., says the outbreak is in the Birch and Balsam Trail units in its North Tower.

In a statement posted to its website, St. Joseph’s Villa says absences from the units are not permitted until the outbreak is declared over by public health authorities.

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Medical appointments will still be allowed with the resident and the person transporting them wearing a mask.

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Otherwise, all general indoor visits are cancelled at this time and all non-essential activities are discontinued at the home.