Two new COVID-19 outbreaks declared in Hamilton over the weekend

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Outbreaks were declared over the weekend at two facilities in Hamilton, bringing the total to seven long-term care or congregate facilities in the city coping with outbreaks.

On Saturday (May 23), Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) announced that four health-care workers in the COVID-19 unit (8 West) at the Hamilton General Hospital had tested positive for the virus.

In a press release, HHS said the staff members tested positive for the virus Friday evening.

All patients of the unit are already confirmed to have the virus, so it remains open for now, HHS said in the release.

"Other health care workers who met exposure criteria have been notified and are being tested," the release says.

In recent weeks, Hamilton hospitals have seen an increase in the number of patients being treated for the novel coronavirus due to the outbreak of the virus at The Rosslyn Retirement Home where 64 residents of the 64-bed facility tested positive for the virus.

The situation was so dire at the facility that residents were evacuated, most of which went to local hospitals.

Hamilton hospitals are currently treating a total of 64 people for the virus.

Another outbreak was declared in Hamilton at Aberdeen Gardens Retirement Residence on Saturday.

The City's COVID website shows that as of Monday (May 25), there is one resident who has tested positive for the virus.

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