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COVID-19 on the rise among admitted inpatients

All visitors reminded of NHH’s universal masking policy, a critical tool to minimize risk of transmission and illness together with vaccination

The number of admitted patients at Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) continues to rise as case counts increase in the region.

“Sadly, COVID-19 has not gone away,” said Susan Walsh, President and CEO, in sharing the information earlier today with hospital staff, physicians, midwives and volunteers. “We currently have eleven admitted patients confirmed positive for COVID19. Some are here because of COVID-19, some came to hospital for other reasons but were found to have COVID-19 through our screening procedures and, unfortunately, some (five individuals) appear to have contracted COVID-19 while inside the hospital through person-to-person transmission.”

The eleven in-patients currently being treated and monitored for COVID-19 are located on three units: the 2A and 2B medical/surgical units on the hospital’s second floor as well as on Inpatient Rehabilitation on the main level.

“Our infection prevention and control team is working closely with counterparts at the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU). We are taking every step possible to minimize opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19 inside the hospital and we thank everyone for their continued cooperation and support.” 

As a precaution, patients and staff considered more at risk of exposure have been tested. Patients recently discharged from the units are in the process of being contacted and provided with instructions regarding self-monitoring and, as appropriate, testing.

The following infection prevention and control measures are in place: 

NHH remains fully operational, but patients and visitors are encouraged to remain mindful of the following: 

Universal masking policy remains in place

As a high-risk setting, NHH’s universal masking policy remains in place throughout the hospital and Community Mental Health offices. Visitors will continue to have access to free masks on entry to the hospital and NHH’s Community Mental Health offices and will be asked to keep their medical-grade mask on at all times (or over top of their personal cloth mask) while inside, unless eating or drinking in designated areas. No eating or drinking is permitted by visitors in patient rooms.

The Health Unit has formally declared a COVID-19 outbreak at NHH. At this time, visiting has been paused for those inpatients who are in isolation for COVID-19 infection or exposure. For details on NHH’s Visiting Guidelines, including exceptions, please click here.

Updates on NHH’s COVID-19 status will be communicated through the hospital’s website and related social media channels. Community outbreak information will be found on the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit website, hkpr.on.ca/category/my-community/outbreaks

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