Hospital CEO says it’s important that people are “very outspoken” with COVID-19 controllers


With an outbreak of COVID-19 declared at Timmins and District Hospital, President and CEO Blaise MacNeil said it was not confirmed if the patient had contracted the virus at the hospital.

The facility’s epidemic was announced yesterday after an 80-year-old female patient at the hospital tested positive. The Porcupine Health Unit said that the investigation was underway.

“For the moment, it is not confirmed if the individual contracted the virus in the hospital, but the decision to declare an epidemic was taken in consultation with the health unit and is made by too much caution and all patients and staff will be contact-traced, “said MacNeil in the daily health table update today.

He added that improved testing at the hospital had allowed staff to quickly identify the change in his symptoms.

“The patient was immediately transferred to an isolated area of ​​the hospital pending the results. Access to the affected unit has been restricted and strengthened surveillance measures continue throughout the hospital, “he said.

If you need the hospital, MacNeil does not discourage anyone from going to the hospital.

At the facility, he said there was more vigilance in the screening areas and that the question section was much longer.

“But it is extremely important that the public be frank and frank about their health. This disease presents like a number of common respiratory illnesses that we see every day in the community and it is very important that people are very frank with screeners at any entrance to the hospital, “he said. he declares.

The ADHD epidemic is the fourth in a facility in Timmins.

Ministry of Health guidelines require that an outbreak be declared if a patient or staff member is positive.

Although hospital staff never wanted an epidemic, he said it was something that health facilities were planning.

Prior to the outbreak, MacNeil said hospital visits and volunteer programs were limited. Screening has been and will continue to be performed at all entrances, and patients attending the hospital should wear a mask. He added that improved personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements have also been developed for personnel throughout the pandemic and will continue to be implemented in accordance with ministry directives.

“We understand that this is a stressful time for those who need hospital care or have relatives who are currently receiving hospital care. We want to reassure the community that our goal remains to do everything we can to ensure the continued safety of all patients and staff, ”he said.

MacNeil also noted highly qualified staff and primary care physicians.

“And even if they have been professional at all times, I think it is important to recognize that they have friends and family that preoccupies them, like everyone else, as well as themselves, and that their level of anxiety is very high, “he said. .

Cochrane District Director of Social Services Brian Marks also made a brief update today.

Last night, he said that 70 meals had been served in Lord’s kitchen and the rest had been sent to Living Space.

For the homeless, approximately 60 people spend the night at the shelter, the McIntyre Curling Club and the student residence at Northern College. He added that they had registered more than 100 homeless people locally.

“Despite the fact that we host 60 a night, there are more than that who are homeless every night,” he said.

In the Porcupine Health Unit area, there are currently 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of these, 30 people have recovered and three people have died. The third death in the region was reported yesterday and was a man in his sixties who tested positive on April 5.

The health unit is aware of 1,141 tests in progress in the region. This is an increase of 70 from yesterday’s report. Tests for 361 tests are underway.

For local cases, 28 are in Timmins and 17 of them are resolved, 21 in the Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls area and 12 of them are resolved, and one in the Kapuskasing area, Opasatika, Val Rita-Harty, Moonbeam and Fauquier-Strickland and is resolved.


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