The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit declared the outbreak after six patients in the second-floor medico-surgical unit tested positive for COVID-19.
The hospital reports that of the six people, three were fully vaccinated and three were not fully vaccinated.
No cases of staff have been identified at the hospital serving the Municipality of Trent Hills and surrounding areas in Northumberland County.
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Following the declaration of an outbreak, the medico-surgical unit is closed to all visitors except those who visit patients for end-of-life care. The ambulatory endoscopy room on the second floor was also closed.
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The emergency department on the ground floor remains open. The rules for visiting the emergency department remain unchanged and children and the elderly who need supportive care may continue to be accompanied by one person, according to the hospital.
“As we continue to put in place appropriate COVID prevention measures in the hospital, we are now implementing additional processes and strengthened infection control practices to ensure we stop any further spread and ensure the safety of our patients and staff, ”said Alysia English, Director of Patient Care.
The hospital is working with the health unit to monitor the outbreak and continue to find cases and contacts. Further testing on close contacts is underway at the hospital. The hospital said staff will continue to implement improved environmental deep cleaning of buildings.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of infection prevention and control procedures and best practices that the hospital must maintain with all interactions with patients,” said Marilyn Petherick, infection control and nurse of the operating room.
“This is why hand washing, physical distancing and the proper use of personal protective equipment are so essential. Within the hospital and in our community, we must all continue to be vigilant by following the public health measures of maintaining a physical distance, wearing a mask, washing our hands regularly and getting vaccinated. “
Patients with scheduled hospital appointments who could be affected by this outbreak will be contacted directly by hospital staff
Before the outbreak was declared, the health unit had reported 16 active cases of COVID-19 in its jurisdiction as of Wednesday afternoon, including nine in Northumberland County.
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