KAWARTHA LAKES-Campbellford Memorial Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions at the hospital after the local health unit today declared a COVID-19 outbreak.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit declared the outbreak after six patients in the medical surgical unit on the second floor tested positive for COVID-19. No staff cases have been identified in the hospital. Of the six individuals with COVID-19, three of the patients were fully vaccinated, and three were not fully vaccinated according to hospital officials.
As a result of the outbreak declaration, the medical/surgical unit has been closed to all visitors with the exception of those visiting patients in hospital for end of life care. The outpatient Endoscopy Suite on the second floor has also been closed. The Emergency Department, located on the first floor of the hospital, does remain open. Visiting rules in the ED have not changed and minor children and elderly adults who need supportive care can continue to be accompanied by one person.
Alysia English, Director of Patient Care at Campbellford Memorial Hospital, says hospital staff are working closely with the Health Unit to ensure appropriate infection prevention and control practices have been put in place at the hospital to prevent further spread of the virus.
“While we continue to have appropriate COVID-prevention measures in place at the hospital, we are now implementing additional processes and heightened infection control practices to ensure we stop any further spread and ensure the safety of our patients and staff,” English said.
The staff of CMH are continuing to work with the HKPR District Health Unit to monitor the outbreak and support case and contact tracing. Additional testing of close contacts is also being conducted at the facility. As well, the hospital will continue to implement enhanced environmental deep cleaning of the buildings.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of infection prevention and control procedures and the best practices the Hospital needs to maintain with all interactions with patients. It’s why handwashing, physical distancing and the proper use of personal protective equipment are so essential,” says Marilyn Petherick, Infection Control/OR Nurse at CMH, adding: “within the Hospital and in our community, we must all continue to be vigilant in following the public health measures of maintaining physical distancing, wearing a mask, consistent hand washing and getting vaccinated.”
People in need of emergency medical care continue to be encouraged to seek out medical support at the hospital’s Emergency Department.
“Campbellford Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department is continuing to serve patients with any emergent or urgent conditions while ensuring proper infection control practices to enhance the safety of patients and their care providers. If you are seriously unwell and need immediate, urgent medical care, waiting too long may cause your problem to become much more serious and difficult to treat and may result in more permanent injury or disability,” stated Dr. Bruce Bain, Chief of Staff at CMH.
While Hospital staff is making every effort to ensure the impact to non-emergency services is as minimal as possible, patients with scheduled appointments at the hospital that may be impacted by this outbreak will be contacted directly by hospital staff.
The community is also encouraged to reach out to their primary care provider or telemedicine clinics for non emergency care and CMH reminds everyone to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 by continuing to follow public health guidelines such as washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask when in an indoor public space, maintain physical distancing and getting vaccinated.
RELEASE: COVID concerns at Signal Brewery – Quinte News
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is advising individuals who attended Signal Brewery (Corbyville) between November 19 – December 4 that they may have had an exposure to COVID-19. HPEPH is in the process of investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 that were present at the restaurant during this time frame. Signal Brewery has closed voluntarily while the investigation is underway.
All individuals who attended Signal Brewery between November 19 – December 4 are:
- Advised to seek testing immediately for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms.
- Monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19.
- If symptoms develop, even mild ones such as a runny nose or sore throat, isolate at home and away from others, and seek testing again, even if you were negative the first time.
While HPEPH does not typically disclose the location of COVID-19 cases in order to protect individuals’ privacy, this information is disclosed when needed to meet public health objectives such as prompt notification of potential contacts and reducing the risk of further transmission. HPEPH is in the process of contacting identified high-risk contacts related to these cases. All high-risk contacts will be instructed by HPEPH to self-isolate immediately and to get tested.
“I am urging individuals who attended Signal Brewery on these dates to seek testing, even if they do not have symptoms, in order to protect those around them,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Acting Medical Officer of Health at HPEPH. “All residents are asked to remain vigilant and protect one another – and this includes getting tested if advised, staying home and getting tested if you have symptoms, and limiting your close contacts. If you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
WECHU issues additional COVID-19 measures | CTV News – CTV News Windsor
The Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has issued a letter of instruction, aiming to address a surge in COVID-19 cases.
With cases of COVID-19 climbing steadily in the past month, local health officials say they are once again putting in place restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
According to the health unit, the updated letter addresses the key settings associated with COVID-19 transmission identified through ongoing case investigations, which have identified social gatherings as an area of significant concern.
In particular, the revised Letter of Instruction contains the following additional measures:
- Social gatherings limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
- Added measures for wedding receptions and the social events tied to funerals and religious services.
- Limiting indoor capacity for bars and restaurants to 50% of their total occupancy.
- Strict adherence to face covering requirements in all public settings.
Without further intervention, WECHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai believes cases can reach levels similar to those seen at the same time last year.
“We are very worried that we are already seeing this surge of cases in advance of the holiday season and its associated social gatherings,” said Nesathurai. “Immediate action needs to be taken by all residents to address the known sources of transmission which are social gatherings, both in homes and in the community.”
The updated changes go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10.
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