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UPDATE - Enteric (gastrointestinal illness) and COVID-19 outbreak declared on Restorative Care unit and enteric outbreak extended to Inpatient Rehabilitation - Visitor restrictions in place

Further to the notice shared yesterday (February 23), a cluster of patients and staff with symptoms of an enteric (gastrointestinal) infection was identified earlier this week on Northumberland Hills Hospital’s Restorative Care unit.

The hospital team has been working with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit to assess the situation and communicate information. Today (Friday, February 24), additional cases of gastrointestinal illness were confirmed on the adjacent Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit; at the same time, test results confirmed several positive inpatient cases of COVID-19 on Restorative Care.

As a result, the Health Unit has declared NHH’s Restorative Care unit to be on both an enteric and COVID-19 outbreak; Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit has been declared in an outbreak situation for enteric (gastrointestinal illness).

The follow control measures have been put into place, including limits to general visiting in selected areas:

Northumberland Hills Hospital remains fully operational, with programs and services across the hospital operating as normal. The Infection Prevention and Control Team asks that everyone be diligent in practicing appropriate hand hygiene and infection prevention and control practices when visiting the hospital at any time. Frequent hand washing, particularly before and after patient contact, is mandatory and vital to reducing health care associated infections.

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