St. Mike’s declares COVID-19 outbreak in emergency department


St. Michael’s Hospital says they are facing an outbreak of COVID-19 in their emergency department.As of Tuesday, there were five active cases among hospital staff. No patient case has been identified.

A statement released by Unity Health said they determined the risk of patient exposure to be low.

The hospital said it plans to contact any patients who may have had direct contact with any of the affected staff. They encourage all patients who have visited the emergency department in the past two weeks to monitor themselves for symptoms.

The statement said the department will remain open and remain a safe place for patients.

“Our emergency department remains open and is safe for patients who need emergency care, and the risk of patient infection is low. We have taken many steps to ensure this, including additional testing on staff, improved cleaning and infection control procedures, and additional safety measures for our staff and patients.

St. Joseph’s Health Center, which is also part of the Unity Health network, has experienced outbreaks in four units since the beginning of October. The most recent outbreak was declared on October 16.

An official outbreak means a unit has had at least two cases of COVID-19 in a 14-day period.


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