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The Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) was notified that a health-care worker has tested positive for COVID-19.
TADH, in consultation with the Porcupine Health Unit, stated in a release issued Saturday morning that it “responded immediately and began the contact tracing process.
“All potential staff, physician and patient exposures have been identified, contacted and are following the appropriate public health guidance. Any potential exposures were isolated within the hospital immediately and are following enhanced surveillance measures and the risk to our patients, visitors, staff and physicians remains low.”
As a result and after consultation with the Porcupine Health Unit, the hospital will be reducing its operating room capacity for the next 14 days.
“We will continue to provide urgent and emergent surgical treatment at the TADH,” a hospital spokesperson stated in a release. “Any impacted patients will be contacted directly to reschedule procedures.
“TADH has policies and procedures in place for infectious disease management and remains vigilant in following these protocols.”
The hospital offered assurance if anyone is “sick or are impacted by other health issues that require medical care,” TADH is prepared to provide that care.
“Following Ministry guidelines, TADH continues to adapt our policies and processes to ensure the ongoing safety for all who attend our hospital. We continue to follow provincial guidelines for mandatory masking of patients, visitors, and all staff and
physicians. Additional PPE, such as gowns, gloves, and face shields are also worn as per provincial guidelines.
“Our hospital continues to implement additional precautionary measures including but not limited to enhanced surveillance throughout the hospital, active screening before entering the hospital for patients, visitors, staff and physicians and enhanced cleaning throughout the building.”
TADH also continues to operate the COVID-19 Assessment Centre which remains open for all symptomatic individuals who would like to be tested.
The centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Appointments can be booked by phoning 705-267-0224.
To ensure the safety all of patients, staff and physicians walk-ins are not permitted.
“We are urging everyone to continue following public health guidance as we see an increase in cases throughout not only the province, but across the Northeast region,” the hospital stated in its release. “Please stay home and isolate if you are showing symptoms, practise physical distancing (two metres), wear a mask in indoor and outdoor public spaces and whenever two metres cannot be maintained and wash your hands often.”