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Enteric and COVID-19 outbreaks declared over— Regular visiting guidelines resume on Inpatient Rehabilitation (1A) and Restorative Care (1B)

The enteric and COVID19 outbreaks on Northumberland Hills Hospital’s first floor have been declared over. The enteric outbreak was initially identified on the Restorative Care (1B) unit on Thursday, February 23 and, just one day later, a second outbreak was detected on the adjacent Inpatient Rehabilitation (1A) unit. Further complicating the situation, a COVID-19 outbreak was also declared on 1B Restorative Care alongside the enteric outbreak.

With all outbreaks now resolved, effective today, March 2, regular visiting guidelines have resumed for both units with the exception of individual patients in isolation for a COVID-19 infection or suspected exposure.

The following infection prevention and control measures remain in place at NHH: 

Universal masking remains a shared responsibility to mitigate spread

As a high-risk setting, NHH’s universal masking policy continues to remain in place throughout the hospital and Community Mental Health offices. Visitors have access to free masks on entry to the hospital and NHH’s Community Mental Health offices and are expected 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, due to the fact that masks would need to be removed.

For details on NHH’s Visiting Guidelines and expectations, including options and answers to other Frequently Asked Questions, please see this page on our website. Updates on NHH’s COVID-19 status will continue to be communicated through the hospital’s website and related social media channels. Community outbreak information will be found on the HKPRDHU’s recently updated Respiratory Diseases Dashboard, which provides a highlevel assessment of local respiratory virus activity.

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