Coronavirus: Hamilton nurse working in 2 dialysis units tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus: Hamilton nurse working in 2 dialysis units tests positive for COVID-19
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A nurse who worked with dialysis units at two Hamilton hospitals is the latest health-care worker to test positive for the new coronavirus in the city.

Hamilton Public Health (HPH) says the nurse last worked at the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s (SJHH) dialysis unit at the Charlton campus on Friday, March 20, and also provided dialysis care at Hamilton Health Sciences’ (HHS) General Hospital, the day before.

Officials with the city’s health unit say they have few details at present about the nurse, particularly age and gender, but did say it was a younger worker who followed protocols and wore personal protective equipment, including a face shield, procedure mask and gloves.

The nurse did not have symptoms at work.

HPH says the nurse was at home when they began experiencing symptoms on Saturday, March 21 and was told not to return to work.

The nurse – now at home in self-isolation – received a positive result on Wednesday and is currently experiencing mild symptoms.

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Public health says it is actively tracing back individuals who made contact with the nurse at both SJHH and HHS. It does not have a number of how many patients may have interacted with the nurse.

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An oncologist with the Juravinski Cancer Centre was the first Hamilton health-care worker to test positive for COVID-19 on March 11.

The 32-year-old physician, who works with the Juravinski Hospital, returned from Hawaii and became symptomatic just two days after her return.
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