Outbreak declared at group home after staff tests positive for COVID-19

News Jul 16, 2020 by Kate McCullough Hamilton Spectator

An outbreak has been declared at a supportive housing facility for people with developmental delays in Hamilton.

The outbreak was declared Tuesday at the Community Living Hamilton (CLH) Mountain group living residence after a symptomatic staff member tested positive for COVID-19. CLH is a not-for-profit organization that supports people with developmental delays, such as Down syndrome and autism.

Hamilton public health said the staff member was tested July 13, and received their results the next day. The last day the staff member had contact with residents of the facility was July 12.

“This is likely a true positive given the positive lab result along with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection,” Hamilton public health spokesperson Jacqueline Durlov said in an email.

The case has not been retested.

As of Thursday, four residents and three staff at the residence have been tested for the virus. Results are pending.

“The facility is following all screening requirements as recommended by public health, including screening residents and staff twice daily for COVID-19 signs and symptoms,” she said.

CLH said it is taking “all available measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the people we support,” including requiring employees to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE), isolating residents and additional cleaning.

“While Hamilton Public Health has indicated that exposure risk is low and only minor additional precautions are needed, we are opting to be extra cautious,” a July 16 statement from executive director Sylvia D’Intino reads.

CLH said it has arranged on-site testing for all residents.

“Public health has informed us that ... this is considered a ‘casual contact’ situation and that the exposure risk to other employees and clients is extremely low,” the statement reads.

The organization does not anticipate any impacts on other agencies. As of April 6, CLH has mandated employees work in a single location in order to prevent virus spread.

This is the only ongoing institutional outbreak reported in Hamilton.

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Hamilton on Thursday. The total number of confirmed and probable cases in the city is 869, which includes the positive case associated with the recent outbreak. No new deaths have been reported.

Kate McCullough is a Hamilton-based reporter at The Spectator. Reach her via email: kmccullough@thespec.com

Outbreak declared at group home after staff tests positive for COVID-19

Four residents and three staff have been tested for the virus

News Jul 16, 2020 by Kate McCullough Hamilton Spectator

An outbreak has been declared at a supportive housing facility for people with developmental delays in Hamilton.

The outbreak was declared Tuesday at the Community Living Hamilton (CLH) Mountain group living residence after a symptomatic staff member tested positive for COVID-19. CLH is a not-for-profit organization that supports people with developmental delays, such as Down syndrome and autism.

Hamilton public health said the staff member was tested July 13, and received their results the next day. The last day the staff member had contact with residents of the facility was July 12.

“This is likely a true positive given the positive lab result along with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection,” Hamilton public health spokesperson Jacqueline Durlov said in an email.

The case has not been retested.

As of Thursday, four residents and three staff at the residence have been tested for the virus. Results are pending.

“The facility is following all screening requirements as recommended by public health, including screening residents and staff twice daily for COVID-19 signs and symptoms,” she said.

CLH said it is taking “all available measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the people we support,” including requiring employees to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE), isolating residents and additional cleaning.

“While Hamilton Public Health has indicated that exposure risk is low and only minor additional precautions are needed, we are opting to be extra cautious,” a July 16 statement from executive director Sylvia D’Intino reads.

CLH said it has arranged on-site testing for all residents.

“Public health has informed us that ... this is considered a ‘casual contact’ situation and that the exposure risk to other employees and clients is extremely low,” the statement reads.

The organization does not anticipate any impacts on other agencies. As of April 6, CLH has mandated employees work in a single location in order to prevent virus spread.

This is the only ongoing institutional outbreak reported in Hamilton.

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Hamilton on Thursday. The total number of confirmed and probable cases in the city is 869, which includes the positive case associated with the recent outbreak. No new deaths have been reported.

Kate McCullough is a Hamilton-based reporter at The Spectator. Reach her via email: kmccullough@thespec.com

Outbreak declared at group home after staff tests positive for COVID-19

Four residents and three staff have been tested for the virus

News Jul 16, 2020 by Kate McCullough Hamilton Spectator

An outbreak has been declared at a supportive housing facility for people with developmental delays in Hamilton.

The outbreak was declared Tuesday at the Community Living Hamilton (CLH) Mountain group living residence after a symptomatic staff member tested positive for COVID-19. CLH is a not-for-profit organization that supports people with developmental delays, such as Down syndrome and autism.

Hamilton public health said the staff member was tested July 13, and received their results the next day. The last day the staff member had contact with residents of the facility was July 12.

“This is likely a true positive given the positive lab result along with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection,” Hamilton public health spokesperson Jacqueline Durlov said in an email.

The case has not been retested.

As of Thursday, four residents and three staff at the residence have been tested for the virus. Results are pending.

“The facility is following all screening requirements as recommended by public health, including screening residents and staff twice daily for COVID-19 signs and symptoms,” she said.

CLH said it is taking “all available measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the people we support,” including requiring employees to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE), isolating residents and additional cleaning.

“While Hamilton Public Health has indicated that exposure risk is low and only minor additional precautions are needed, we are opting to be extra cautious,” a July 16 statement from executive director Sylvia D’Intino reads.

CLH said it has arranged on-site testing for all residents.

“Public health has informed us that ... this is considered a ‘casual contact’ situation and that the exposure risk to other employees and clients is extremely low,” the statement reads.

The organization does not anticipate any impacts on other agencies. As of April 6, CLH has mandated employees work in a single location in order to prevent virus spread.

This is the only ongoing institutional outbreak reported in Hamilton.

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Hamilton on Thursday. The total number of confirmed and probable cases in the city is 869, which includes the positive case associated with the recent outbreak. No new deaths have been reported.

Kate McCullough is a Hamilton-based reporter at The Spectator. Reach her via email: kmccullough@thespec.com