Many areas of Hawkesbury and District General Hospital remain open as one inpatient unit deals with 11 active COVID-19 cases

HAWKESBURY — The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital reports that the COVID-19 outbreak in one of its inpatient units now comprises 11 active cases with eight patients and three staff testing positive, as of 11 a.m. on March 19.

The outbreak was declared two days earlier, and the institution says its priority continues to be the safety of its patients and their families, as well as those working at the hospital and the community.

Featuring distinct zones of service limiting movement across sectors of the modern building, the hospital remains open in such areas as Emergency Department, Medical Imaging, Outpatient Clinics, Family Birthing Centre and Day Surgery. “Patients can access these areas and receive safe care,” the institution says.

However, the affected unit is no longer accepting new admissions as one of a number of heightened infection-measures triggered by the outbreak. Other measures include enhanced cleaning on the unit, monitoring and testing of staff and patients regardless of symptoms, contact tracing and “continuous review of all high-risk workflows to ensure the highest level of compliance.”

“With an increase in community transmission, we are seeing more Covid-19 cases in various settings – including acute care hospitals,” said HGH Chief of Staff, Dr. Julie Maranda. “We are working closely with staff, patients, family members and community partners to keep everyone informed and ensure proper adherence to the enhanced safety measures. We urge all patients requiring hospital services to keep their appointments and follow public health guidelines to stay healthy.”

“We appreciate the concerns that people affected by the outbreak may have and we understand the anxiety felt by our community,” said HGH CEO Marc LeBoutillier “An outbreak management team has been deployed to implement control measures to prevent further transmission. Our employees and physicians have the skills and experience necessary to manage this outbreak.”

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