Nurses, lab workers, physicians among ‘alarming’ number of health-care workers with COVID-19

Various professions are among the rising number of health-care workers testing positive for COVID-19, from lab workers to first responders, provincial data shows. 
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Date of Publication: May 15, 2020

Source: CBC

Latest provincial data in Ontario shows 3,607 positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed among healthcare workers. This makes up nearly 17% of all cases in Ontario, up from 10% in early April. Dr. David Carr, an emergency physician in Toronto, notes that in many hospital departments, shift-based workers often arrive at the same time. This leads to large groups gathering in tight quarters such as change rooms and break rooms where there is a higher risk of transmission. Ensuring that infection control protocols are followed, such as proper hand washing, doffing of protective equipment, and maintaining distance from colleagues, as well as staggering shift start times as much as possible are all important to protect not only patients but the workers themselves.

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