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Proactive Assessments in Congregate Living Settings Results in 31 Orders to Residential Care Facilities

HAMILTON, ON – As part of Hamilton’s COVID-19 emergency response, Hamilton Public Health Services has been assessing and working closely with long-term care homes, retirement homes and residential care facilities, as well as other congregate living settings. Residents in congregate living settings are more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19.  Audits and assessments of these facilities were completed by Public Health Services over the last several weeks, as well as operator education, regarding practices that are needed to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of COVID-19 within these facilities.

As a result of this work, Public Health Services identified 31 locations where Section 22 Orders under the Health Promotion and Protection Act (HPPA) were appropriate and have been issued.

The HPPA authorizes the Medical Officer of Health to issue Orders to address the risks that may result in the spread of COVID-19 to more residents of Hamilton.  Orders were issued to those facilities not adhering to prescribed infection prevention and control practices and that pose a risk to the further spread of COVID-19 in Hamilton. 

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As a Public Health Service, we are taking proactive actions with congregate settings in Hamilton to strengthen our ability to reduce the spread and loss of life from COVID-19.  These additional infection control and management measures are being used to protect our health care system’s capacity to manage this pandemic and ultimately to prevent further loss of life. - Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health


Kelly Anderson
Communications – Public Health Services
City of Hamilton
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