Two Toronto hospitals have declared COVID-19 outbreaks as the city continues to record high case numbers.
A hospital announces an outbreak status when a unit has reported at least two COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period and where both cases could likely have been acquired at the hospital.
On Sunday, Toronto Western Hospital confirmed at least nine cases of the novel coronavirus in their facility after three patients and six staff members tested positive for the infection.
The cases were also reported from two different units.
"One of the units cares for patients with the virus, but these cases are possibly hospital-acquired," said UHN spokesperson Gillian Howard.
Howard said the hospital has been swabbing staff and patients in both units since Thursday.
The hospital, near Bathurst and Dundas Streets, has previously declared several other COVID-19 outbreaks, with the first on April 18, and multiple others in the weeks following.
St. Joseph's confirms 4 units with COVID-19
St. Joseph's Health Centre is also "managing a significant number" of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with four units currently under an outbreak status, Unity Health spokesperson Robyn Cox confirmed.
As of Sunday morning, the hospital confirmed 20 cases of the virus in their facility. The hospital admitted 16 patients into their COVID-19 unit, seven of which are attributed to their outbreak, while 13 staff members also tested positive for the virus.
The hospital has now closed the affected units to new admissions and are "further enhancing [their] cleaning and infection control procedures."
As of Saturday, St. Joseph's Health Centre revised their visitor policy. Only two visits per week are allowed for certain "named" essential care workers and some exceptions for women in labour, palliative and pediatric patients.
"This change is out of an abundance of caution to keep our people, patients and visitors safe," said Cox.