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North York General confirms COVID-19 outbreak

Last Updated Oct 26, 2020 at 2:51 pm EST

Another GTA hospital is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19.

On Monday, North York General confirmed that two patients tested positive for the virus on Sunday and that the cases appear to be linked.

“This triggered an investigation and contact tracing. There have not been any patient cases identified to date,” the hospital said in a statement.

“We are also working closely with Toronto Public Health and our Infection Prevention Control team who has implemented all the appropriate measures to protect patients and staff to limit the risk of further transmission including increased surveillance, testing, enhanced cleaning protocols and additional safety precautions.”

It is the second active outbreak North York General hospital after another was confirmed in its seniors’ health centre last week.

“To limit the spread of the virus, we will be postponing non-emergent surgeries at this time. Physician offices are contacting patients to advise them of their rescheduled surgeries,” the statement reads.

“As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our people, patients and our community.”

Several other hospitals in Toronto have dealt with outbreaks as the virus continues to spread through this second wave, including Sunnybrook, Toronto Western and St. Joseph’s.

RELATED: Fifth Toronto hospital confirms outbreak of COVID-19

This also comes as The Centre for Mental Health and Addictions (CAMH) in Toronto reports more cases of COVID-19 as the hospital combats its own outbreak of the virus.


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