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Coronavirus: Douglas Mental Health Institute in Montreal battles COVID-19 outbreak

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Global News

The Douglas Mental Health Institute is battling a COVID-19 outbreak in one of its units.

The regional health authority responsible for the hospital confirmed 23 patients are infected as of Friday.

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“No employee tested positive,” said in a statement Hélène Bergeron-Gamache, a spokesperson for the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

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Patients who tested positive were transferred to a “hot zone” within the hospital.

“Fortunately, the majority of patients are asymptomatic or are experiencing mild symptoms,” Bergeron-Gamache said.

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Visits to the hospital have been suspended. Those who were in contact with a diagnosed case are being contacted so they can get tested for the virus.

The Douglas is the designated hospital to receive all COVID-19-positive patients on the island who are clinically diagnosed with psychiatric conditions.

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