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Coronavirus outbreak declared at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton

Hamilton Health Sciences is sounding an alarm about an increase in missed and cancelled appointments for colorectal cancer screening, due to fears about entering hospitals due to COVID-19. Global News

Editor’s note: On Friday, February 19, 2021, Global News reported the incorrect unit number of the outbreak at the Juravinski hospital. The outbreak was in the M2 unit and not the E4 unit (surgical). Additionally, the Dec. 3 outbreak was in the E3 unit and not the F5 unit. Global News apologizes for the mistake. This post has been changed to reflect that fact.

Just days after declaring the last in a run of COVID-19 outbreaks, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) says the Juravinski has a new one in a rehabilitation and alternate level of care (ALC) unit.

Three patient cases and one among staff are associated with the outbreak in the M2 Unit.

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The patients have been moved to the hospital’s COVID unit, the staff member is isolating at home.

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The hospital has now had seven outbreaks since December with the first starting on Dec. 3 at the E3 clinical teaching unit (CTU) medicine unit.

Four more would follow in January and two in February.

The largest was in the E2 (orthopedics) unit which accounted for three deaths among 44 cases with 28 patients and 16 staff before it was declared over just this past Wednesday.

Only a pair of facilities run by the city’s two hospital agencies have outbreaks as of Friday, the Juravinski and the 5th floor of the satellite hospital in downtown being managed by St. Joe’s.

Combined the two outbreaks account for 24 total cases with the satellite facility recording two deaths since Feb. 3.

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