Hamilton’s worst COVID-19 outbreak has officially been declared over.
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) Tweeted out Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 20) that the outbreak at Grace Villa Long-Term Care Home on the East Mountain has been declared over.
The outbreak sickened 234 people — 144 residents, 88 staff members and two visitors — and claimed the lives of 44 people as it raged through the facility for close to two months.
Public Health Services declared the outbreak on Nov. 25, 2020.
We're thrilled to announce that Hamilton Public Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Grace Villa over. Our sincerest and deepest gratitude to all HHS staff who have and continue to help at the home. https://t.co/1O3Oaq9yAl
— Hamilton Health Sciences (@HamHealthSci) January 20, 2021
In mid-December, Hamilton Health Sciences assumed temporary operational oversight of Grace Villa to help manage the ongoing outbreak, following a Ministry of Health agreement.
In a notice posted to the HHS Hub and shared in the Tweet, the health-care provider says that some staff remain on-site at the facility but in a reduced capacity.
“HHS is incredibly grateful to our staff who have participated in this challenging assignment,” the Hub notice said.
“This declaration is a direct reflection of your hard work, commitment and professionalism to enter an unfamiliar environment and work collaboratively with staff, management and residents at the home.”