COVID-19 Outbreak Update

Trillium Health Partners’ (THP) top priority is the safety of our patients, people and the community. As we continue to see community spread of COVID-19, THP remains vigilant and is actively preparing measures to respond to additional cases and outbreaks.

What is a COVID-19 outbreak?

In accordance with the Ministry of Health, a COVID-19 outbreak is declared when two or more patients and/or staff within a specified area (unit/floor/service) with confirmed COVID-19 have been identified within a 14 day period, where both cases could have reasonably* acquired the infection in the hospital. Examples of reasonably having acquired an infection in hospital include:
no known source of infection outside of the hospital; or having been admitted for 5 or more days before symptom onset (based on the median incubation period of the virus).  

As part of our Pandemic Response action plan and in alignment with the hospital’s infection prevention and control guidelines, we have implemented a number of initiatives. These include:

  • Enhanced screening for all individuals entering our hospital, including staff
  • Opening of COVID-19 Assessment Centres (three to date)
  • Adoption of Public Health Ontario guidelines for Droplet Contact Precautions for potential COVID-19 patients
  • Designated units for COVID-19 patients
  • Continued health care worker education and demonstrations for appropriately using personal protective equipment during this pandemic

When an outbreak is declared on a unit, additional measures are put into place. These include:

  • Closing the unit to any new admissions
  • Putting existing unit patients on Droplet/Contact Precautions
  • Monitoring and testing of staff, professional staff and patients regardless of symptoms
  • Contact tracing for possible exposure
  • Limiting staff members who normally work on multiple units to work on one unit only
  • Enhanced cleaning on the unit, and increased education on the use of personal protective equipment, washing of hands and physical distancing
  • Increased hand hygiene audits

Total COVID-19 Outbreaks

Four staff on 2C Medicine (COVID unit) at Credit Valley Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are suspected to have been hospital acquired. Although an outbreak has been declared, the unit will remain open to admissions. Additional precautions are being put in place for the safety of patients and staff.

Four health care workers in the Emergency Department including its satellite units at Credit Valley Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 between December 24th and January 5th. The four cases are of unknown origin. Out of an abundance of caution, we are placing the entire unit on outbreak to ensure the safety of patients, staff and professional staff.

The ED remains open and safe for patients, first responders and health care workers. We are here to serve the community and urge anyone in need of emergency care not to delay seeking medical attention.

As increased personal protective equipment and heightened protective measures are routinely being used with patients in the ED, no known patient exposure has occurred and the risk of patient exposure is low.

Guided by infection prevention and control best practices, rigorous processes are in place to protect patients in the ED including:

  • As per normal processes, all patients are supplied with masks at the entrances and must wear them in the hospital at all times
  • All ED patients are on Droplet/Contact Precautions which means health care workers are wearing gowns, gloves, procedure mask and face shield when interacting with patients to heighten safety.
  • Increased hand hygiene and personal protective equipment audits
  • Testing of staff and professional staff
  • Screening of everyone at ED entrances
  • Placing ED patients who meet the clinical criteria for COVID-19 into separate spaces dedicated exclusively to serving patients with COVID-19.
  • Frequent cleaning and various measures to encourage physical distancing – including an expanded ED footprint to allow space for more physical distance.

Two staff on 1C Medicine (COVID unit) at Credit Valley Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are suspected to have been hospital acquired. Although an outbreak has been declared, the unit will remain open to admissions. Additional precautions are being put in place for the safety of patients and staff.

Three patients on 4D Medicine at Mississauga Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are suspected to be hospital acquired. An outbreak has been declared and the unit is closed to admissions. Additional infection prevention and control measures have been put in place for the safety of patients, staff and the community.

Two patients on CSA 3A Stroke Unit at Mississauga Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are suspected to have been hospital acquired. An outbreak has been declared and the unit is being closed to admissions to ensure the safety of patients, staff and professional staff.

Guided by best practices in infection, prevention and control, rigorous measures are in place to protect patients:

  • Patients are being tested
  • As per normal processes, all patients are supplied with masks to wear during patient care
  • 3A patients are on Droplet/Contact Precautions which means health care workers wear gowns, gloves, procedure mask and face shield when caring for patients
  • Increased hand hygiene and personal protective equipment audits
  • Testing of staff and professional staff
  • Frequent cleaning and various measures to encourage physical distancing

One symptomatic patient and seven patients identified on point prevalence testing, in the 6B Reactivation Care Center (HRCC) at the Humber River Church site, have tested positive for COVID-19. All cases are suspected to be hospital-acquired. In consultation with Toronto Public Health, we are placing the unit on outbreak to ensure the safety of all staff, professional staff and patients.

January 15, 2021 MH Emergency Department (ED) - This outbreak is no longer active.

January 15, 2021 Long-Term Care Unit - This outbreak is no longer active.

January 14, 2021 Hemodialysis Unit - This outbreak is no longer active.

January 14, 2021 0A Oncology Unit - This outbreak is no longer active.

January 13, 2021 2B Unit - This outbreak is no longer active.

January 8, 2021 1C Unit - This outbreak is no longer active.