COVID-19 outbreak at CAMH (as of April 14)

When clients and staff at CAMH test positive for COVID-19 what happens? CAMH has been updating cases, staffing, policies and more on a daily basis – as of April 14th: 13 Clients and 17 staff have tested positive.

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Actions in Response to Respiratory Outbreaks

In keeping with standard infection prevention and control procedures in any respiratory outbreak scenario, CAMH has put in place the following procedures:

  • Closed confirmed or suspected COVID-19 outbreak units to admissions and transfers (Unit 3-1 on March 26, Unit 3-5 on April 3 and Geriartric Inpatient Unit A as of April 5),
  • Placed all patients on outbreak units on “contact and droplet precautions” – meaning that all staff are wearing personal protective equipment when interacting with patients
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes at every CAMH building
  • Provided patients with supports to stay in their rooms and to ensure physical distancing (for example, meals are provided in patient bedrooms)

CAMH has gone beyond standard procedures in respiratory outbreak scenarios by:

  • Closing all forensic clinical units within Unit 3 to new admissions and transfers effective April 5, 2020 (these are the receiving units for accused persons who are being admitted from courts, including those coming from detention centres for treatment)
  • Per update guidance from Toronto Public Health on April 10, 2020, facilitated an enhanced level of COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic staff and patients connected to suspected or confirmed outbreak units, in addition to the symptomatic staff and patients who have already been tested on these units.

CAMH is preparing to open two isolation units to facilitate transfer of patients who test positive for COVID-19, and we have taken a number of additional precautionary measures in the past three (3) weeks:

  • Visitors were significantly limited as of March 17, are being fully restricted as of April 6,
  • Only staff supporting essential patient care remain on site,
  • All community passes for forensic patients ceased as of March 18 (community passes are a part of a supervised, graduated, community reintegration program),
  • Essential staff that remain are being actively screened in all buildings, and must pass screening protocols to enter,
  • Staff an all outbreak units are being asked to monitor twice daily for the development of symptoms.

CAMH has been updating cases, staffing, policies and more on a daily basis

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