Update: Men’s Shelter Outbreak

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January 17, 2021 – An outbreak of COVID-19 was declared on January 14th by Hamilton Public Health at Mission Services Men’s Shelter on 325 James Street North.  One positive case, a resident of our men’s shelter, was identified through the asymptomatic surveillance testing study being conducted weekly by McMaster University at several of our sites.

Follow up testing of all staff and residents conducted on January 14th and 15th by the Shelter Health Network has identified three additional positive cases in residents, and three positive cases in staff.

All positive residents have been transferred to the Isolation Centre that is managed by the Wesley. Positive staff are self-isolating at home and are being supported by the Shelter Health Network team.

All client intakes into the Shelter are paused until the outbreak is declared over, and all non-essential staff are working from home.

We continue to follow all Public Health and Shelter Health guidelines and protocols as we manage through this outbreak and work to reduce the potential for any further spread.  As part of this process, a second round of testing will be conducted by the Shelter Health Network today (January 17th) for all staff and residents.

On a good note, front-line staff at the Men’s Shelter were identified on Friday as being eligible to receive the Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccination and vaccinations commenced for the staff team on January 16th.

Any updates on this outbreak will be posted on this site.

For men looking for emergency shelter, you can call our shelter staff at (905) 528-7635 and we will help you in finding an available shelter bed in Hamilton.

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