The COVID-19 outbreak that infected nearly every resident at the Rosslyn Retirement Residence and led to the home being evacuated amid concerns about inadequate infection controls is over.
Hamilton Public Health declared the outbreak — which began on May 10 — over as of May 29.
But that doesn’t mean everyone who contracted the virus there has recovered.
Based on the provincial definition, an outbreak is deemed over when there are no new cases or evidence of transmission at a facility during a period of 14 days.
The Rosslyn was emptied, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that no new cases have appeared.
“Residents were transferred to hospital and healthcare staff were no longer working in the facility as of May 15,” explained public health spokesperson Antonella Giancarlo in an email to CBC News.
“Since the facility was empty, there was no spread over the 14 day period.”
The home was cleared and the majority of residents were transferred to hospital. As the number of cases continued to climb, staff members working there were also infected and sent into self isolation.
Public health has previously said all but two of the 66 residents connected to the home have tested positive for COVID-19.
Both public health and the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RRHA) issued orders to the home identifying issues with infection prevention and control and requiring it to make changes before it could reopen.
Those orders had not been met as of Friday and it’s unclear when the home will be able to bring back residents.
The Rosslyn has not responded to repeated calls and emails requesting comment on the situation at the home.
Despite the fact the outbreak is considered over, public health and the RRHA will continue to monitor any concerns around health and safety at the home, said Giancarlo.
Statistics shared by the city Sunday morning reported a total of 86 cases at the home — 64 residents and 22 staff members. Eight people who lived at the home have died.
Giancarlo said an updated number of active cases involving people linked to the home won’t be available until Monday.