To help keep patients and visitors informed, Unity Health has developed this page to track and consolidate all COVID-19 outbreak-related information at St. Joseph’s, St. Michael’s and Providence.
The unit(s) listed below are currently in outbreak, which means they have had two COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period, where both cases could reasonably have been acquired in hospital.
When an outbreak is declared, our teams reach out to any patients, staff, physicians and learners who had direct contact with a positive case to advise of next steps. We also take many measures to ensure the outbreak(s) are contained, including closing the affected unit to admissions, additional testing of patients and staff physicians and learners, enhanced cleaning and infection control procedures and additional safety precautions for our staff, physicians, learners, as well as patients and visitors.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
- 2LM (General Medicine) Unit – resolved May 4
- 4LM (Medicine) Unit – resolved May 12
- 4M (Medicine) Unit – resolved May 13
- In-centre Hemodialysis Unit – outbreak resolved April 29
- Palliative and COVID-19 (D3) – resolved May 10
- A5 (Orthopaedic and Amputee Rehabilitation) – resolved May 16
Questions about outbreaks
The definition of a COVID-19 outbreak in a hospital is set by the province of Ontario. Outbreak status means the unit has had two COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period, where both cases could reasonably have been acquired in hospital.
It is a joint decision made by Unity Health Toronto – with our Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) team – and Toronto Public Health. IPAC works collaboratively with Occupational Health to obtain essential information to understand if there is an outbreak.
Unity Health has precautions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the continued safety of our patients and staff.
For all outbreaks
When an outbreak occurs in a hospital, additional measures are taken to mitigate further infections, including:
- Formation of an outbreak management team which includes representation from:
- Unit/clinical leadership
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Occupational Health
- Toronto Public Health
- Environmental Services
- Laboratory leadership
- Other partners as needed to effectively manage the outbreak and limit further transmission
- Follow-up of patients and staff who may have been exposed to the source of the outbreak, including appropriate testing and isolation as needed
- Enhanced cleaning in the unit
- Additional precautions as identified by the outbreak management team
Our hospitals remain open and there is no reason to be worried about coming to any Unity Health Toronto location or our Emergency Departments. All Unity Health Toronto locations remain safe places to receive care.