Niagara Falls General outbreak after 8 positive tests for COVID-19 – Hamilton


A hospital in Niagara Falls reported an outbreak after two healthcare workers and six patients tested positive for COVID-19.

Niagara Health says its Trillium hospital unit at the Greater Niagara site in Niagara Falls is the affected area linked to a healthcare worker who was originally identified as a community-acquired COVID-19 case.

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After the investigation, the agency said, security measures were put in place and additional tests on patients and staff are underway.

“This is a very unfortunate situation and we have taken immediate action to protect the health and well-being of our patients, staff and physicians,” said Derek McNally, executive vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer at Niagara Health.

The Niagara region reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 494 on Friday, with more than half of their total – 261 – resolved, according to public health.

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The region reported another death for a total of 45, including 38 related to 158 residents with COVID-19 in a long-term care home or a retirement home.

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After 14 days, an outbreak at Niagara’s St. Catharines 4A inpatient care unit was declared complete.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Health authorities warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning on March 26, in case they develop symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.

Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.

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