These are extraordinary times and CAMH is committed to transparency and communication with the community that we serve. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, CAMH will update the public when there are changes to report.
Today we are reporting a suspect COVID-19 outbreak at ACU/GPUA at our College Street site due to a positive diagnosis of a staff member, in addition to a previously reported patient positive diagnosis, which was not hospital-acquired. We are also reporting nine new patient and two new staff positive diagnoses related to the previously reported outbreak on Unit 2-3 at the Queen Street site. The unit has been closed to admissions and transfers since the outbreak was declared, all patients were placed on droplet and contact precautions and we have enhanced cleaning. As of today, CAMH has 20 patients and 10 staff members with positive COVID-19 diagnoses.
We remain vigilant about policies and procedures to keep staff and patients safe and we continue to work with our partners at Toronto Public Health on reporting, surveillance and infection control. Our staff monitors and follows the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) recommendations from public health as they are updated, including about screening, testing and use of personal protective equipment.
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, http://www.camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/novel-coronavirus-update.