These are extraordinary times and CAMH is committed to transparency and communication with the community that we serve. We have committed to providing daily updates on the status of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and actions that we’re taking to keep staff and patients safe.
As of today, CAMH has 14 patients and 19 staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. This is a change from 13 and 18 as reported yesterday. Of the 19 staff, we are pleased to report that one case is resolved. All patient positive diagnoses are from units that are confirmed COVID-19 outbreak units (as previously communicated). As per protocol, the units continue to be closed to admissions and transfers, and droplet and contact precautions remain in effect.
We continue to work with our partners at Toronto Public Health on reporting, surveillance and infection control. Our staff continually monitors and follows the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) recommendations from public health as they are updated, including screening and use of personal protective equipment.
Following the announcement to expand testing in Ontario and with further guidance from Public Health, CAMH immediately began testing all asymptomatic patients and staff on our outbreak units this past weekend. We appreciate the opportunity to increase testing capacity as another precaution to support patient and staff safety.
We thank our staff and physicians for their continued work to care for our patients during these challenging times.
For more information on what CAMH is doing to protect staff and patients, visit http://www.camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/novel-coronavirus-update.