Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak Rebecca Towers

Public Health Services declares COVID-19 outbreak at Rebecca Towers apartment complex

HAMILTON, ON (May 4, 2021) – City of Hamilton Public Health Services has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Rebecca Towers (235 Rebecca Street), a 164 unit 17-storey apartment building in Hamilton. Currently there are 28 active COVID-19 cases, and a total 55 cases and one death having been identified since the middle of March. These cases are spread across 17 different units on 10 separate floors. We appreciate how concerning this is for the residents of this building and the impact COVID-19 is having on their tight-knit community.

Public Health Services is conducting case and contact management investigations for all residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and is working with property management to determine factors that may have contributed to the spread of the virus within the apartment complex. The investigation has identified close contact between apartment residents, and socializing between individuals from different households/units as common factors that may have contributed to the transmission between households.

Public Health Services has notified all residents of Rebecca Towers about the outbreak and have provided advice and recommendations for testing. Hamilton Paramedic Services will be on site Thursday, May 6, 2021 to provide testing to all residents.

Public Health Services’ staff are working with Rebecca Towers property management to ensure infection prevention and control measures continue to be in place and recommend additional measures to stop spread of the virus. These measures include signage promoting public health measures, including capacity limits on the elevator and in shared laundry amenities, have been posted within the building and designated cleaners are coming in daily to support environmental cleaning.  

It is vital that members of the public, even those who have been vaccinated, remain vigilant when it comes to public health measures until it is safe and said to be safe by the health professionals in all levels of government. Public health measures include:  

  • stay home if you are feeling unwell
  • get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19
  • limit gatherings to only members of your immediate household
  • maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet or 2 meters from others outside of your immediate household
  • wear a mask or face covering indoors and outdoors when not able to maintain physical distancing
  • wash hands frequently

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Please Yield to Flashing Green Lights

Upper Stoney Creek is served by a composite fire service. Volunteer Firefighters use flashing green lights. Please yield.

The Highway Traffic Act (HTA), 1990 allows firefighters to display a flashing green light when responding to emergencies. The use of flashing green lights on or in vehicles is restricted to the Ontario fire service. Adoption of its use is strictly voluntary. There are several response considerations that users of such devices must be aware of:

  • The purpose of flashing green lights is to help other drivers recognize a firefighter en-route to an emergency and be courteous and yield the right-of-way
  • A flashing green strobe light on a fire response vehicle can designate the Incident Command (I.C.) vehicle or the HAZMAT vehicle in some departments
  • Firefighters may use flashing green lights on personally owned vehicles while proceeding to emergencies, including response to the scene or to the fire station. Once on scene flashing green lights are to be shut off so that they are not confused with stationary on-scene incident command or HAZMAT emergency vehicles unless the light is being used in a stationary vehicle for the purposes of directing additional incoming emergency vehicles
  • Personal vehicles of firefighters are not emergency vehicles
  • Driving aggressively, proceeding through stop signs or stop lights without stopping, driving in the on coming lane of traffic when responding to calls with a flashing green light are a few examples of dangerous and reckless driving behaviour that will not be tolerated in the fire service and may serve as reasonable grounds for an insurance company to discontinue coverage if they become aware of such behaviour
  • Developing proper behaviour is essential to ensure a safe response

The flashing green light does not afford any privileges or exemptions under the HTA, 1990