Staff member at East Coast Forensic Hospital tests positive for COVID-19
A case of COVID-19 has been linked to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth, N.S.
HALIFAX -- A case of COVID-19 has been linked to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth, N.S.
The Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU) confirms that a staff member at the forensic hospital has tested positive for the virus.
The East Coast Forensic Hospital works with the departments of Health and Wellness and Justice. It has two rehabilitation units and a mentally-ill offender unit, where court-ordered assessments are performed and treatment is provided to offenders diagnosed with mental illness.
The hospital is attached to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.
There are few details available at this time. The specific role of the infected individual is not being released.
“At this point, there is no indication that it has spread throughout the hospital or the correctional facility,” said NSGEU president Jason McLean.
“Those that were working that day for the most part were notified and put off work. There are some people that weren’t around this person that are identified as low risk and as we’re being told, they’re still working right now.”
As of Monday, there were 127 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nova Scotia.