This weekly report is posted each Thursday. The intent of the report is to provide an updated list of outbreaks in Toronto healthcare institutions – including hospitals, long-term care homes, and retirement homes - which are currently active, and those that have been declared over in the previous seven days.
Responsibilities of Healthcare Institutions
Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), healthcare institutions (hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes) are required to monitor staff and patients/residents for signs and symptoms of gastroenteric (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever) and respiratory (e.g., cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever) infections. Healthcare institutions must also actively look for, detect and report suspected and/or confirmed outbreaks to their local public health unit.
Toronto Public Health's Mandate
Under the HPPA, Toronto Public Health is required to respond to reports of suspected and confirmed outbreaks of gastroenteric and respiratory illness. Toronto Public Health works with healthcare institutions to prevent and control institutional outbreaks, including the use of best practices in infection prevention and control.
Information for Visitors to Healthcare Institutions
- Don't visit if you are not feeling well.
- Clean your hands frequently.
- Get your influenza immunization each year.
- If you visit an institution which is experiencing an outbreak, follow all instructions provided by the institution.
- If you have questions regarding a current or recent outbreak at a specific institution, please call the institution directly.
Definitions and Further Information:
Outbreak: A localized increase (e.g. in an institution, or a specific ward or floor within an institution) in the rate of infection or illness, above that which is expected.
Case definitions for institutional outbreaks are provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in the Ontario Public Health Standards:
|2017||January||January 5, January 12, January 19, January 26|
|2016||December||December 1, December 8, December 15, December 22, December 29|
|2016||November||November 3, November 10, November 17, November 24|
|2016||October||October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27|
|2016||September||September 1, September 8, September 15, September 22, September 29|
|2016||August||August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25|
|2016||July||July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28|
|2016||June||June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30|
|2016||May||May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26|
|2016||April||April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28|
|2016||March||March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31|
|2016||February||February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25|
|2016||January||January 7, January 14, January 21, January 28|