COVID-19 outbreak at Hamilton’s Grace Villa officially ends

After nearly two months, Hamilton’s longest and deadliest COVID-19 outbreak has officially been declared over by local public health.

Long-term care facility Grace Villa at 45 Lockton Crescent was the site of Hamilton’s most devastating outbreak of COVID-19, which was officially declared on November 25th of 2020, finally seeing its end this week on January 19th.

The outbreak was the cause of 234 total confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 144 residents of Grace Villa and 88 staff members contracting the virus alongside two undefined confirmed cases.

Of those 234 confirmed cases, 44 resulted in deaths, making the Grace Villa outbreak the deadliest in Hamilton since the pandemic first began last March.

The retirement home’s outbreak became so severe, in fact, that it became the first local facility of its kind to be handed over to hospital staff through Hamilton Health Sciences, who continued to manage the outbreak onsite.

The outbreak was officially declared over by public health after 14 consecutive days without any new COVID-19 cases since either the last known onset of symptoms or the last COVID-19 exposure.

Hamilton currently has a total of 43 active COVID-19 outbreaks. Read more about the status of the virus in Hamilton, as well as a list of active outbreaks, on the city website.

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