COVID-19 outbreaks reported at Joseph Brant Hospital and other nursing homes in Hamilton

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New COVID-19 outbreaks were reported this weekend in three area hospitals and at least one other nursing home in Hamilton as the number of local deaths from the virus continued to increase.

The outbreak outbreak underscores the difficulty of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario establishments.

Joseph Brant Hospital reported a COVID-19 outbreak in two units of Burlington Hospital on Saturday after confirming coronavirus infections in two nurses and three patients. Similar announcements arrived the same day in hospitals in Brantford and St. Catharines.

“We take this situation very seriously,” said officials at Joesph Brant in a statement. “All appropriate precautions were immediately taken to ensure the safety of our patients, our staff and our doctors.”

In Hamilton, new statistics show eight deaths from COVID-19, two more since the start of Friday. No details of the deceased were immediately available.

Three other “institutional” outbreaks are also listed, including one reported following a positive COVID-19 test with a staff member at Chartwell Deerview Crossing Retirement Residence on Rymal Road West.

The Spectator is looking for information on the other two new institutional outbreaks.

Prior to the weekend, the city had already experienced three long-term care outbreaks, including at Heritage Green in Stoney Creek, the Cardinal Retirement Residence (formerly Durand) and the Wentworth Lodge in Dundas.

A special daycare center at St. Joseph’s Health Care in Hamilton also confirmed staff infections a week ago, but so far, all exposed infants have tested negative for the virus.

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