NORTH YORK GENERAL, SICKKIDS & JESSE KETCHUM CHILDCARE CENTRE LATEST SITES FOR COVID-19 OUTBREAKS

Apr 29, 2020

By Jane Brown

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There are more Toronto outbreaks of COVID-19, including at North York General.

A notice about the outbreak has been posted on the hospital’s website, after three patients (in the Reactivation Unit – 5 West) tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The statement says, “the health and safety of the patients is the hospital’s top priority and all appropriate precautions are in place. Patients and staff continue to be monitored.”

There are currently 27 COVID-19 inpatients being treated at North York General, with four in the intensive care unit and three on ventilators.

A COVID 19 outbreak has also been declared at SickKids, after more positive tests were confirmed.

The president and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children says an employee and the parents of a patient infected with the virus have tested positive for the viurs. It was on Monday, news was revealed that a teenage patient had tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, prompting staff to test all other patients within the same unit.

Ronald Cohen also says it’s believed the risk of COVID-19 to other patients, families and staff at SickKids remains low.

And a City of Toronto childcare centre has been temporarily closed down after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre, near Davenport and Bay, is one of seven city run child care centres currently providing childcare for the children of essential workers.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says there is always a risk COVID-19 will turn up in settings like this when people are congregating.

Mayor Tory also says Toronto is the only city in North America running childcare centres for the children of essential workers, something he says makes him feel proud.

A city release says Jesse Ketchum will undergo a deep cleaning and will only reopen once approval is granted by Toronto Public Health.

The six other city run child care centres will continue to operate.

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